What Families Should Know About Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The following is a guest post by Chicago wrongful death attorneys at Dolan Law Offices:
When a loved one is suddenly killed as a result of the negligent, destructive or illegal behavior of another person, it is hard to imagine how life could ever return to normal. Often times, the thought of taking legal action seems all the more difficult and traumatic. While it is true that no amount of financial compensation will ever be able to undo the trauma and grief that is caused by a wrongful death, compensatory and punitive damages can help to alleviate the further burdens associated with losing a family member and provide some relief and stability while families work up the pieces.
What are compensatory damages?
Compensatory damages are the most commonly sought damages in wrongful death lawsuits and can, often times, be quite substantial. Compensatory damages are typically paid to the families of wrongful death victims to cover the following common forms of loss:
1) Medical Bills: In many wrongful death cases, medical bills can pile up quickly and to no avail. When seeking compensatory damages, claimants often ask to be fully reimbursed for the medical expenses associated with the victim’s death.
2) Burial Costs: The families of wrongful death victim’s are typically awarded compensation for burial costs, often for all arrangements.
3) Loss of Income: A victim’s family is, in many circumstances, immediately deprived of a steady income upon which they rely. In seeking compensatory damages, a claimant will ask that she receive compensation for the income that has already been lost as well as the victim’s projected future income (which is typically calculated on the basis of the victim’s age, position, health, etc. at the time of death). These damages can also include reparations for lost or damaged property (such as an automobile, home, etc.).
4) Reparations for Grief, stress and loss of companionship. These damages are argued on a case by case basis and have taken a wide variety of forms, including compensation for the building of memorials, memorial gardens, as well as compensation symbolic of societal integration or acceptance. The actual monetary value of this kind of compensation varies wildly. A wrongful death attorney can help you determine whether you are entitled to reparations for grief, stress or loss of companionship and the form that these reparations should take.
Compensatory damages are certainly not limited to the above. These are simply the most common forms of compensatory damages in wrongful death lawsuits.
If you think that a member of your family is the victim of a wrongful death, you need legal representation to ensure that your legal interests are protected. Speak with a wrongful death attorney today about your case and to learn more about the compensatory damages that you might be entitled to.
Dolan Law Offices is a wrongful death law firm in Chicago that is committed to providing excellent legal services to its clients. Its experienced wrongful death lawyers represent families of wrongful death victims in Chicago and in the entire State of Illinois.
Dolan Law Offices
10 South Lasalle Street #3712
Chicago, IL 60603