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What damages are available from a wrongful death claim?

Death can be untimely and unexpected. The loss of a loved one may not be due to old age or disease but rather because of the negligence of another person. A fatal accident can never be predicted, and individuals are likely to suffer tremendously from the accidental death of a family member.

Whether it is due to a fatal car accident, work incident or medical mistake, individuals in West Virginia and elsewhere should understand that they have recourses available for the wrongful death of a loved one. Once the cause of a fatal incident is established, loved ones could use this information to help prove liability.

Furthermore, evidence could help loved ones recover compensation for their losses. What damages can be collected from a wrongful death claim? Financial damages are often the most common losses to seek and often the easiest to assess. This damage relates to the financial losses caused by the wrongful death of a loved one. This pecuniary injury usually includes the loss of support, services, and prospect of inheritance as well as medical bills and funeral expenses.

Punitive damages could also be sought. This type of damage is awarded in cases where serious or malicious wrongdoings are involved. Punitive damages are used to punish the wrongdoer and even deter others from behaving in a similar matter. The collection of this damage is based on the regulations of the state.

While no form of compensation can make up for the pain and suffering caused by the loss of a loved one, a wrongful death suit could help offset the damages and losses caused by the incident. In these matters, it is important to understand your rights and how you can use the legal recourses available to you.

Source: Findlaw.com, "Wrongful Death Overview," accessed Feb. 4, 2017

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