What damages may people receive in a wrongful death lawsuit?

On Behalf of | Jun 9, 2020 | Personal Injury

It is never easy for people in Massachusetts to lose loved ones. Unfortunately, it is part of life though and something people will need to go through. The hope is that people’s loved ones will live long lives and pass peacefully of natural causes. However, not everyone lives a long, full life and die far too young. These situations can be particularly devastating as people are given no warning and do not have time to prepare for life without the loved one.

It can be especially devastating and difficult to handle when the death was caused by the negligence of other people. This is because not only are they given no time to prepare for the death, but it also could have been avoided. The family of the victim may be entitled to compensation in these situations though through a wrongful death lawsuit. This will never bring the loved one back, but at least the family may not have to worry about the financial hardships that the death may bring.

The family of the victim could receive compensation for loss of the victim’s reasonable net income they would have earned if they had not lost their life. They could also receive compensation for the lost services the victim would have provided to the family, lost companionship, guidance, care, advice and other services they provide. The compensation could also cover the funeral expenses. Finally, the family could receive punitive damages as well to punish the victim for their negligence.

While everyone in Massachusetts will pass away at some point in time, how and when they pass away can vary greatly. Some die far too young in an accident that could have been avoided. Deaths that occur in that manner can be extremely devastating for the family of the victim. It can be very hard emotionally, psychologically and financially. The families may be able to receive compensation for the financial losses though. This compensation can be very valuable and experienced attorneys may be able to guide one through this difficult process.


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