Medical expenses before death: If your loved one passed away after being transported to the hospital, they most likely accrued medical bills. Payment for those medical expenses is typically included as part of a wrongful death claim.
Expenses resulting from their death: Funeral and burial costs, and any other additional expenses related to a loved one’s death are usually covered in damages in the lawsuit.
Pain and suffering before death: Injuries from a car accident can cause a tremendous amount of pain before they lead to the passing of the injured. If your loved one lived after the accident, then your attorney may seek damages for their pain and suffering.
Loss of income: Both the wages not earned due to the accident itself and future income lost that the deceased could have earned are factored into damages as part of the wrongful death action.
Loss of their presence, support, and companionship: Whether the person you lost was a parent or a partner, this person is no longer here to provide their guidance, love, and companionship. While no amount of money can unfortunately replace this, your lawyer will most likely factor this into the figure of the lawsuit.
Loss of the service: Perhaps your loved one didn’t work in a job outside the home but provided support to the family in other ways (i.e., provided child care, served as a caregiver for an elderly family member, cooked for the family, etc.). Losing them will most likely result in the need to hire or elect someone else to take on these services, causing a financial burden for you and your family. Therefore, the loss of these services are often factored into the wrongful death lawsuit as well.