Pain And Suffering After Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death Attorney

After a person loses a loved one as a result of wrongful death, there are many things that are likely going through their heads: 

  • How do I move past this? 
  • What should I do to prepare for their funeral? 
  • Who do I need to get in touch with? 
  • Where is their estate plan? 
  • Should I file a wrongful death claim? 

These are likely just a handful of the questions you may be asking yourself. It is understandable that this is an overwhelming time in your life. If you recently lost a loved one who died as a result of wrongful death, you may be trying to figure out how to move forward. This includes what kinds of compensation you may be fighting for when you file a wrongful death claim. However, it can be difficult to prepare for a funeral, fulfill their last wishes, file a legal suit, and grieve for the loss of your loved one all at the same time. In fact, it can feel downright impossible to compartmentalize to that degree. That is why it can be so valuable to work with a lawyer, like a wrongful death lawyer from a law firm like Cohen & Cohen, P.C

What if I am feeling too overwhelmed with everything going on? 

First, it is important that when you want to work with a lawyer for your wrongful death claim that you find someone who will be compassionate and understand the immense pain and suffering you are going through at this time. You want to know that the person you are working with is, in fact, a person. That they will be able to take this legal burden off of you while understanding the grief you are coping with. 

Second, it is important to talk with your lawyer about compensation for emotional distress. While much of the compensation that is awarded during a wrongful death claim is typically for quantitative items like the medical bills the deceased accrued immediately before their death, burial and funeral costs, and even lost wages that the family no longer receives, it is also possible to get compensation for emotional distress on behalf of the family. To receive compensation for this, you will need to show: 

  1. You have ongoing emotional distress. 
  2. This emotional distress is severe. 
  3. This emotional distress is a direct result of the loss of your loved one. 

It can often be hard to quantify something like emotional distress, but when you work with a capable lawyer, they will fight for the compensation deserved during your claim. Often, the spouse and children of the person who is deceased can recover damages for pain and suffering. While it is difficult to give a totally accurate number for emotional damages in a wrongful death suit, a jury will use their best judgment in awarding an amount. 

If you are interested in learning more about receiving damages for pain and suffering after a loved one’s wrongful death, please call a law firm you can trust today. 

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