A death in the family is a tragic occurrence, no matter the circumstances. When your loved one's death is untimely, however, the grief of your loss can be even worse, especially if you did not get to say goodbye. To compound the tragedy, if your loved one was the sole or even primary provider of income from your household, you may find yourself struggling to pay for even bare necessities.
A wrongful death action may provide an avenue for financial compensation in the aftermath of your family member's death due to another's fault.
Potential Forms of Compensation from a Wrongful Death Action
A wrongful death action may be able to offset some of the financial stress following a family member's death. Wrongful death compensation--otherwise known as "damages"--in a wrongful death action can be awarded for a variety of reasons. Common damages which are awarded in wrongful death actions include:
- Reasonable funeral expenses: If you were forced to pay for your loved one's cremation, burial, and/or funeral, then you may have been shocked to find how costly such expenses can be. A wrongful death action can provide compensation for reasonable expenses you incurred for your family member's funeral.
- Medical bills: Following your family member's death, you may be saddled with tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills which accrued in an attempt to save your loved one's life. Unfortunately, medical bills do not necessarily disappear at your loved one's death. A wrongful death action includes a request for these expenses to be paid.
- Lost wages: If you relied on your family member's income to provide for your household, a wrongful death action can account for the income which you find yourself lacking after his or her death. This may include lost wages and lost future earning capacity.
- Loss of companionship: While you cannot put a price on this loss, a wrongful death action can take the loss of your family member's love and relationship into account.
Grieving the Death of a Family Member? We're Here to Help
If you have suffered the loss of a family member in Washington or Oregon due to another person's negligent or intentional actions, then you know that there is no dollar amount that can bring back your loved one. If you are suffering financially following your family member's loss, a wrongful death claim may be able to provide monetary compensation for your family following the death.
At Schauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples & Edwards PS, our team of experienced wrongful death attorneys can help seek fair compensation. To schedule a consultation to speak with one of our attorneys about your loved one's death, fill out an online contact form or call (360) 695-4244 today.