Our readers in Southern California likely know that a wrongful death lawsuit can result from a tragic accident in which a negligent or reckless person’s actions cause the death of another person. The sad reality is that these types of accidents are far more common than anyone would like to see. So, in a wrongful death lawsuit, what types of damages could be recovered?
Well, for starters, typically one of the main goals of a wrongful death lawsuit is to recover costs for medical expenses, which can be considerable, especially if the deceased did not die instantly in the accident in question. Severe injuries can lead to extraordinary efforts by medical professionals to save the person’s life, but, unfortunately, those efforts aren’t always successful. In the end, there are still medical bills to be paid. Why should the deceased person’s family members bear that burden if the accident was caused by another person’s actions?
Next, lost wages can be a significant part of the financial compensation that is sought in a wrongful death case. Particularly if the deceased person was young or, perhaps, the primary “breadwinner” for a family, the amount of lost wages that can be calculated over the course of what would have been that person’s normal life – baring the tragic death – can be substantial.
Southern California residents who have lost a loved one in a tragic accident may have legal options. Recovering financial compensation can help with many of the costs and expenses that arise due to such an event.