Losing someone you care about is never easy, particularly when the death was caused by another person's actions. If you are grieving the loss of someone you love, a wrongful death action may be a possibility. Successful wrongful death actions can provide monetary compensation to offset the financial burdens you face after a loved one's death. Even more importantly, however, a wrongful death action can provide compensation for losses which are difficult to quantify. Such compensation is referred to as "non-economic damages". The attorneys at Schauermann Thayer Jacobs Staples & Edwards PS can help.
What are Non-economic Damages?
It's straightforward calculating certain damages after the death of a loved one. His or her salary and the medical bills for end-of-life care, for example, have ascribed amounts to claim. These losses, known as "damages", are well-defined.
Other damages are much harder to put a price on, however. How does one put a value on the pain that your loved one suffered during and after his or her accident? Or on the relationship that you have lost?
Wrongful death actions usually consist of two parts: a "survival" action and a wrongful death claim. A survival action is a part of a wrongful death lawsuit meant to award compensation for the pain your loved one suffered from the time of their accident to the time of their death. If your loved one passed away instantly, compensation for a survival action will be limited. If he or she passed away quite some time after the accident, then the compensation in a survival action may be more substantial due to the physical and emotional pain endured.
A wrongful death claim, on the other hand, is intended to compensate your loved one's family members for the loss that they suffered as a result of the death. Non-economic damages can include assistance that the deceased provided in taking care of his or her family, or the love and companionship lost as a result of a loved one's death.
Considering a Wrongful Death Lawsuit? We're Here to Help
If you have lost someone you love due to the negligent or reckless actions of another person and are considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit, the attorneys at Schauermann Thayer are here to help you throughout every step of the process. Don't try to navigate a wrongful death action alone; put your case in the hands of a team of attorneys with years of experience. To speak with an attorney about your loved one's death, fill out an online case evaluation form or call (360) 695-6244 today.