Common Damages in Wrongful Death Cases


The death of a loved one can be the hardest time you will ever experience in your life. It is difficult to imagine life without someone so important to you. It is particularly difficult for the grieving family to ease the financial burden, especially if someone else is responsible for their loved one’s death. It is important you understand the categories of damages you are entitled to receive in a wrongful death case and hire an experienced Los Angeles death claims attorney to handle your case.

What are death claims?

A death claims or wrongful death claim are brought by the surviving family. There are specific laws governing these types of cases. A family member or person in charge of the deceased’s estate generally files a suit to recover all damages associated with the wrongful death.

Damages in death claims

Wrongful death cases generally involve two main categories:

  • The first category covers damages prior to the deceased’s death. Some common damages in this category include medical costs, lost income, and burial expenses.
  • The second category covers damages used to compensate for the surviving family. In other words, how much monetary support the family is missing due to their loved one’s death.
  • Pain and suffering – These damages are also available in California. This category allows husbands and wives to recover from the loss of companionship.

Who is entitled to collect compensation?

In order to determine who is entitled to receive compensation in wrongful death claims, the court will consider a few factors such as the relationship the surviving family had with the deceased. Whether that includes children, a spouse, or a parent, these parties can be awarded damages in death claims. In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded, if the defendant engaged in disorderly conduct. The defendant will be punished so that other potential victims are protected from this type of behavior.

Get help from the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach

If you lost a loved one and you wish to find out about your options for recovering your financial losses, call us today and schedule a free initial consultation. We understand no amount of monetary compensation can bring back your loved one. But you can alleviate some of the financial burdens associated with death in the family, and make the responsible parties accountable for their actions.

Finding balance after loss

Nothing impacts the family more than the death of a family member. It is a time of deep emotional pain. A time to find comfort and to grow together. While it is natural to feel lost, you must regain your strength and find healthy ways to express your grief. We wish every grieving family in Los Angeles finds comfort in their time of need. We are here to make the whole process more bearable. There are also mental health professionals with experience in grief counseling willing to help you find constructive ways to cope with the loss.

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