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What Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

What can be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit? If you are asking this question, it is probably because you believe your loved one’s death was a wrongful death, and you want to know what can be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit.

To begin with, are you sure that your loved one’s death was a wrongful death. Legally, a wrongful death is when the life of an individual is taken because of the negligent or willful act of another person or persons.

Company or Entity

In addition, there are instances when a company or entity may be seen as being liable for a wrongful death. This usually happens when a product made by that company or entity malfunctions, resulting in the wrongful death of an individual. For example, a car part malfunctions, and an accident occurs in which an individual is killed.

Another thing you need to be aware of is that intent is not relevant is determining whether your loved one’s death was a wrongful death. It does not matter whether the person or persons intent toward your loved one was intentional or unintentional, it is still regarded as a wrongful death.


If you are certain that your loved one’s death was a wrongful death, you should definitely file a wrongful death lawsuit. No amount of money can ever bring your loved one back, make up for their loss or ease your pain and sorrow. However, you probably feel like the person or persons responsible for you loved one’s death should be held accountable and made to pay for their death.

Proving that your loved one’s death was a wrongful death is not easy. In order to do so, you will need the help of a personal injury attorney. While you have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, yourself, you really need the advice and guidance of a personal injury attorney in order for your lawsuit to be successful and damages be recovered that are rightfully yours.

Immediate family

In order to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, you have to be one of your loved one’s immediate family. While wrongful death laws vary from state to state, in most states, an immediate family member is regarded as a spouse, parent or child of the decedent.

The bills and expenses that are brought about by a wrongful death can be great and pose a considerable hardship. A wrongful death lawsuit is intended to help with these bills and expenses.

Again, while it varies from one state to another, here are some of the things that may be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit. They include:

Loss of the decedent’s expected earnings
Medical and funeral expenses
Loss of an inheritance because of the untimely death
The value of goods and services the person would have provided
Loss of benefits, such as medical coverage or pension plans
Loss of the advice, nurturing, care, guidance, training and protection of the deceased
Loss of companionship, love and society of the deceased
Damages for your suffering, pain and mental anguish.

The right thing to do is to contact a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.

Article written by James Shugart

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