Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wrongful Death Claims – What Damages Can Be Recovered?

After losing a loved one in a negligent accident, family members are often forced to deal with expensive medical bills and the impact of lost wages in the midst of their grief. A wrongful death claim not only enables the victim’s family members to hold the responsible party liable for their harmful actions, but also gives them the opportunity to recover damages that resulted from the fatal accident.

There are two main types of damages that can be sought through a wrongful death claim or lawsuit in Nevada: economic and non-economic.

Economic Damages
Economic damages include the costs incurred by the fatal accident, as well as the value of any financial contributions the victim would have made to the family if the accident hadn't occurred. The victim’s family can seek such economic damages as:
  • Medical expenses caused by the accident
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of the victim’s expected wages
  • Loss of benefits, including medical coverage and pension plans
  • Loss of the value of goods and services that the victim would have provided
  • Loss of inheritance caused by the victim’s premature death

Non-Economic Damages
Losing a loved one causes more than just financial difficulties, and non-economic damages seek to provide justice for the less tangible harm sustained by the victim’s family. Non-economic damages can include:
  • Grief and sorrow
  • Loss of love and companionship from the deceased
  • Loss of care, protection, and guidance from the deceased
  • Loss of consortium from a deceased spouse
If your family has suffered the loss of a loved one because of another person’s negligence, De Castroverde Law Group can provide you with the effective and attentive advocacy you deserve. Contact our Las Vegas attorneys to learn about the types of damages you can seek through a wrongful death claim.