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Various types of monetary damages may be recovered in a wrongful death action and a wrongful death law firm can assess the merits of the case as well as the potential damages, including loss of companionship, sorrow and grief, which may be sought in such an action. For example, it is common to take the victim’s earnings at the time of his or her death and calculate the remaining years that person was expected to live to determine future lost earnings using life expectancy tables as well as experts who figure what is known as present cash value as well as the investment value of that money. The decedent’s will also must be examined.
The wrongful death attorneys at our law firm can determine whether punitive damages are available. These damages are meant to punish a defendant for intentional or egregious conduct.
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Wrongful death generally means a lawsuit is filed when the wrongful or negligent conduct of a person or entity results in the death of another person. Like personal injury, this area of tort can involve every area of tort practice such as car accidents, trucking accidents, construction accidents, work accidents to dangerous products on the market. Your first step should be to consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney. The wrongful death lawyer will help determine, first, who is the personal representative authorized to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a deceased person against the persons or entities responsible for the victim’s death.
Unlike a personal injury case, where the injured person is one of the plaintiffs, in the case of a wrongful death action, the family members bring the lawsuit for the wrongful actions. Oftentimes, it is the victim’s surviving spouse, children, beneficiaries or dependents who are the plaintiffs and are entitled to monetary damages that result from the victim’s death. Generally, lawsuits are allowed under survival statutes which allow a victim’s survivors to bring a cause of action after the victim dies.
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