There is no price tag that can be placed on a fatality. The loss of a loved one cannot be erased with any amount of money or compensation. However, judges in wrongful death lawsuits are tasked with trying to place a number on the losses that the beneficiaries of the estate have suffered. They do so by considering damages, including:
- The amount of money the victim was expected to contribute through their death or retirement
- The final medical expenses of the deceased
- The funeral expenses the beneficiaries had to pay
- The losses associated with medical coverage, employee benefits, pension plans and other benefits that beneficiaries may have expected to enjoy
- Non-economic damages for mental anguish, pain and suffering and loss of companionship
- The loss of potential inheritances that beneficiaries may have suffered
Calculating Damages in Wrongful Death Claims Can Be Complex
Judges take into consideration many things, including possible future income opportunities, the contributions the person made to the home, the character of the person who has passed away, how likely the person was to save, and other factors. In many cases, attorneys will bring in experts to help decide exactly how much someone may have earned, saved, and contributed to a household over their lifetime.
If you would like to know how much your potential wrongful death claim is worth, it is important to talk to a wrongful death attorney in Pennsylvania. You can make an appointment with KBG Injury Law if you would like to speak to someone about wrongful death claims. Our attorneys can meet with you and talk about the specifics of your case to help you determine whether you want to seek a claim.