When a loved one dies due to the negligence of another, surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against those responsible. While the damages available in wrongful death cases vary from state to state, many allow victims’ families to pursue compensation for economic and non-economic losses. In rare cases, families may be able to seek punitive damages as well.
These types of damages are any financial losses the survivors incur due to the death of their loved one. In general, economic damages include:
- Funeral or medical expenses related to the death
- Loss of the victim’s future earning potential
- Loss of the victim’s benefits
- Loss of inheritance
In wrongful death cases, there are a variety of ways economic damages could be calculated. Generally, the judge or jury will take the decedent's life expectancy, past wages, potential future wages, health, and family contributions into consideration when deciding an award amount. At Johnson & Biscone, our wrongful death attorneys can help you fight for the most compensation possible.
While non-economic damages are less tangible than economic losses, they are often worth more. This is because the loved one’s death often has a long-lasting effect on the survivors. In general, non-economic damages include:
- The survivors’ pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of care, guidance, protections, etc.
- Loss of companionship
While it may seem difficult to assign a value to the loss of a loved one, our lawyers will make sure to pursue all of the non-economic damages you and your family have suffered.
As a form of punishment for the defendant, courts sometimes award punitive damages for grossly negligent conduct. However, punitive damages are rare since they are not available in all jurisdictions. In addition, most states do not allow plaintiffs to receive punitive damages from a government agency responsible for the death of a loved one.
Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney Today
If your loved one has died due to the negligence of another person or entity, call Johnson & Biscone today at 405-232-6490 to schedule a complimentary consultation. We are happy to serve clients from our office in Oklahoma City.