After the death of your loved one, you have important questions and you want answers—especially if you suspect that their death was preventable or avoidable. Who was responsible? What errors led to his or her death? And how are you supposed to move on without your loved one’s emotional and financial support?
Losing a loved one takes an emotional toll, and losing financial support—especially if your loved one was your household’s primary source of income—can put your entire family’s future in jeopardy. Filing a wrongful death claim for the loss of your loved one can help you get closure for their death and get compensation.
Surviving family members can receive compensation for a variety of wrongful death-related damages, including:
- Medical bills – Your loved one may have incurred significant medical bills while receiving treatment.
- Funeral expenses – The average cost of funerals in the U.S. and Virginia is steadily increasing, and you may be unable to afford those costs without help.
- Lost future earnings – When your loved one passed, you lost years of financial support—and that can be devastating for your family.
- Lost companionship – You can’t put a price tag on the absence of a loved one in your life, but it’s a factor in many wrongful death claims.
In addition, you also may be eligible to receive damages for things like lost pension or retirement plans and even punitive damages from the person responsible for your loved one’s death.