Losing a loved one is always a difficult and traumatic event. However, it becomes even more traumatic when your loved one dies as a result of the negligence of another. In these circumstances, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim against the person responsible for the loss of your loved one.
Monetary damages in wrongful death cases are awarded to compensate the immediate family – the spouse or children – of the deceased for their losses. It is very rare for the courts to award monetary damages to someone outside of the victim’s immediate family in a wrongful death claim.
In general, you may receive damages to compensate you for lost future economic support, lost potential inheritance, medical expenses, funeral expenses and loss of companionship.
There are many factors that go into the determination of the dollar value of damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. Some of these include the victim’s age, earning capacity, and life expectancy. For example, you will most likely be able to receive a larger settlement if your loved one was 40 at the time of the accident than if he or she was 65.
Hiring an lawyer experienced in wrongful death claims will help ensure that you receive a fair to support your family in his or her absence.
The lawyers at Stephens & Holman have over a quarter century of experience in wrongful death claims and can help you get the compensation you deserve so that you can start moving on with your life. Please contact our Vancouver, British Columbia wrongful death lawyers today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.