Calculating Damages after an Accidental Death
After the accidental death of a loved one, the shock and grief can paralyze you emotionally. You know that no amount of money will ever make it right, but you have a right to hold the wrongdoer accountable and to seek compensation for a variety of losses:
- The lost support you would have received—If your loved one was the breadwinner, or contributed income to the family, you have a right to seek reimbursement of that lost support from the at-fault party. Those damages will typically be based on wages at the time of death, and calculated based on life expectancy.
- The loss of care, counsel, advice, support and maintenance the deceased would have provided
- Any lost inheritance or similar benefits that are not available because of the death
- The loss of love, companionship, consortium, comfort and society the decedent would have provided
- Any mental anguish, pain or suffering caused by the death
- Any unreimbursed medical expenses incurred by the deceased because of the accident, but before death
- The costs of funeral or burial services
Texas does allow what are known as exemplary (or punitive) damages in limited situations involving a wrongful death. Typically, the person seeking compensation must show that the wrongdoer engaged in gross negligence or caused the accident by willful act or omission.
Contact the Proven Auto Accident Injury Lawyers at the Rafi Law Group
At our office, every new client is entitled to a free initial consultation. To arrange a meeting, contact us online or call the Rafi Law Group at 214-224-0064. Our phones are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Home and hospital visits can be set up by request.
We take all wrongful death claims on a contingent fee basis. You won’t incur legal fees unless we get compensation for your losses. We will also advance all expenses. Se habla Espanol.