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What damages can you recover from a fatal auto accident case?

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2024 | Wrongful Death |

In the event of a loved one’s death due to an auto accident, the emotional turmoil and grief can be overwhelming. Amidst the sorrow, the surviving family members often face financial burdens and uncertainties about the future.

In such circumstances, knowing the available legal recourse can provide hope. One such legal remedy is the wrongful death claim, which allows surviving family members to claim damages for their losses. If you lost a family member in a fatal auto crash, what types of damages can you aim to recover?

Economic damages

Economic damages are quantifiable losses that result from the death. They include:

  • Medical expenses: Medical bills related to the deceased’s final injury
  • Funeral and burial costs: Expenses for the funeral, burial or cremation
  • Lost income: The deceased’s expected earnings, benefits and pension that they would have given to their family

In addition, you can claim damages for loss of services. This refers to the value of the household services and care that the deceased would have provided for their family.

Noneconomic damages

Conversely, noneconomic damages are less tangible but no less important. They include loss of companionship, which refers to losing the deceased’s love, comfort, care, protection, society and moral support.

Other noneconomic damages are loss of consortium and pain and suffering, which pertains to the mental and emotional anguish suffered by the deceased before death and by their surviving family members after the death.

Punitive damages

Meanwhile, the court may award punitive or exemplary damages in some cases. These do not compensate the deceased’s family but punish the defendant for extremely unacceptable behavior and deter similar severe misconduct.

Advocating for your family’s rights

After the unfortunate fatal auto accident of your loved one, understanding your rights and options can provide some sense of control and direction. With legal guidance, you may navigate the complexities of wrongful death law while you advocate for your family’s rights and interests.

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