How are families compensated through a wrongful death lawsuit?

On Behalf of | Apr 16, 2021 | Wrongful Death

One of the unfortunate facts of life for people in Missoula is that they will pass away at some point in time. The hope is that people are able to live long, full lives and simply pass away from old age. Not everyone passes away in that way though. Many die far too young due to illnesses, diseases and fatal accidents. While losing a loved one at a younger age is always devastating for the family, if the person was killed in a fatal accident that could have been prevented, it can even more devastating.

Fatal accidents are caused due to the negligence of people and they should not occur if people are paying attention to what they are doing and not taking unnecessary risks. Because they should not occur, people who cause fatal accidents may be required to compensate the victim’s family for their loss. This compensation comes in the form of monetary award, but people may not understand how the compensation totals are determined.

Determining financial loss for the family

Families of the victim are compensated for their future financial loss. There are many factors used to determine this, but they include the age of the victim, their current earnings and future earning capacity, health and ability to work and life expectancy. Determining how these factors result in a specific amount can be complicated though and experts may be needed to analyze the various factors. In addition to loss income the victim’s family may also receive compensation for loss of guidance and services that the victim provided for the family that they may need to pay for going forward.

While it is not something people want to think about, people cannot predict the future or control the actions of others and people could be involved in a fatal accident. The family of the victim will not only be left mourning the loss of a loved one, but trying to figure out how to move forward without the love and resources the victim provided to the family. They may be entitled to compensation for their loss though. Experienced attorneys understand how devastating these accidents can be and ensure the family receives what they deserve.

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