Our readers in the Southern California area who have seen previous posts here that have covered wrongful death lawsuits know that part of the compensation that can be sought in these types of cases is lost wages that the deceased would have been projected to earn, but for the accident that led to death. However, is a wrongful death lawsuit an option if the deceased was unemployed?
Quite simply, the answer is "yes." Why? Well, there are quite a few different types of compensation that can be sought in a wrongful death lawsuit, beyond lost wages. Even if the deceased person was unemployed at the time of death - and, therefore, there may be no way to calculate any projected future earnings - compensation can still be sought to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering and even damages for what the deceased person contributed to the family left behind.
However, the caveat here is that wrongful death lawsuits that do not include a claim for lost wages may result in relatively modest awards of compensation for the other aspects of damages sought. There are quite a few variables to consider in any given wrongful death lawsuit.
Losing a loved one in a sudden and unexpected way can rock a family to its core. If the deceased was the primary wage earner for the family, the loss is financial as well as emotional. But, even if the deceased was unemployed, young or elderly, a wrongful death lawsuit may still result in an award of financial compensation.