Damages in a Wrongful Death Action

February 27, 2013 | Personal Injury

No amount of monetary compensation can make up for the pain of losing a loved one as a result of the negligent, reckless, or unlawful actions of another person. Although filing a wrongful death action lawsuit will not bring back a loved one, it will allow you to grieve their loss without having to worry about financial hardship. If you have lost a loved one in a wrongful act, let a Fairfield County appeals attorney handle the legal aspects while you take care of your pain.

The victim’s family members can seek both compensatory and punitive damages in a wrongful death claim. A Fairfield County appeals attorney can assist them in receiving compensation that is just and appropriate.

Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages are money awarded with the intention of repaying the victim’s family for the expenses of losing a loved one as the direct result of the wrongful death. These damages include medical bills, lost wages, loss of companionship, child care services, and funeral costs. A Fairfield County appeals attorney can prove compensatory damages by showing receipts for the services and products they have paid for.

Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are awarded when the judge or jury wants to punish the responsible party and set an example for others. Punitive damages are imposed in addition to compensatory damages. The jury has the discretion to impose whatever value they feel appropriate, but the judge has the power to review this award and either reduce it or set it aside altogether.

Contact Us

For more information about the damages awarded in a wrongful death claim, call (914) 681-9500 to schedule a complimentary consultation with Fairfield County appeals attorney Mitchell Baker.