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What Damages Can I Recover in a Wrongful Death Claim? Important Tips for When You Experience a Tragic Loss

Posted in Wrongful death on November 22, 2021

If you lost someone close to you due to another person’s negligence, you may qualify for a wrongful death claim. The tragic news of your sudden loss can turn your world upside down, leaving you no time for managing your case. A wrongful death attorney from the Law Office of John W. Redmann, LLC can determine if you qualify for a wrongful death claim and pursue compensation on your behalf.

Understanding Wrongful Death

A death caused by negligence is generally a wrongful death. Negligence is defined as failure to use the same care a reasonably cautious person would use in a similar circumstance.

Examples of wrongful death claims include:

  • Car, truck, motorcycle, bicyclist, and pedestrian accidents
  • Defective products
  • Medical malpractice

If you lost a close loved one due to negligence, your life will never be the same. While no amount of compensation can replace your loved one, it can perhaps ease your financial stress. Compensation can also serve as a form of justice on behalf of your loved one.

Wrongful death cases are quite complex and emotional for those left behind. Hiring a member of our team affords you the time you need to grieve with friends and family.

Types of Possible Compensation in Wrongful Death Claims

No civil case involving death is alike. Your lawyer cannot predict, promise, nor guarantee the outcome of your wrongful death claim. What they can do, however, is fight for the following types of compensation:

Economic Damages

The economic damages you experience due to your loved one’s tragic death may include:

  • Final medical costs relating to your loved one’s last days
  • Funeral expenses or cremation costs
  • Loss of potential earning capacity for family members who depended financially upon the decedent
  • Loss of future inheritance for children

Economic damages are relatable expenses directly tied to your loved one’s loss of life.  These damages can represent costs from time in the hospital to the financial impact the loss of their income has on your life.

Non-Economic Damages

Some damages do not come with a price tag. The following examples highlight damages you may incur that are, to you, priceless:

  • Loss of support:  This non-economic damage relates to the loss of support of a spouse, especially with managing a household and raising children.
  • Loss of companionship: Advice, friendship, attention, and consortium are a few examples of how non-economic damages
  • Pain and suffering your loved one experienced: This particular damage is incredibly difficult to consider but important when it comes to compensation in a wrongful death case.
  • Mental anguish: The traumatic news of your loved one’s death can negatively affect your physical, psychological, and emotional health

These are just a few examples of damages that can make your case for compensation challenging. Hiring a member of our team places your case in qualified and experienced hands. Let us manage these and other intricate details. We will keep you informed as your case develops.

Louisiana Statute of Limitations

Most civil cases settle without going to trial. However, if your lawyer cannot secure a fair settlement out-of-court, they may take your case before a judge and jury.

To protect your right to a potential lawsuit, you must file your case within the required statute of limitations. Louisiana law allows one year for pursuing wrongful death compensation.

Twelve months is incredibly short as you deal with such a significant life change. Once the deadline for filing your lawsuit passes, there is generally no second chance to file your case.

If you lost a close loved one due to another person’s negligent actions, act now. Contact the Law Office of John W. Redmann, LLC today for a free case consultation as soon as possible.

Get Help From the Law Office of John W. Redmann, LLC Today

If your loved one died due to another person’s negligence, chances are their death was preventable. This knowledge can make you feel overwhelmed with grief and anger.

At the Law Office of John W. Redmann, LLC, we understand the sadness and concern you have regarding your future. Unfortunately, not only must you adjust to life without your loved one, but you must also face possible financial hardship.

Our team believes in holding insurance companies accountable for a fair settlement. We counter insurance company tactics designed to underpay our clients by aggressively countering for the compensation they deserve.

Negligent actions that result in death demand justice. Regardless of whether the party responsible for your loved one’s death faces criminal charges, we want to help you. Your civil case is separate and has no bearing on a criminal case.

Your time of grief is not the time to deal with aggressive insurance adjusters. However, if an insurance company is pressuring you to accept a settlement, contact us. We can handle insurance company negotiations so that you can plan a service that honors your loved one.

You Cannot Afford Not to Contact a Wrongful Death Attorney

The Law Office of John W. Redmann, LLC operates on a contingency-fee-basis. We collect our legal fees if and when we win your case. If we do not win, you do not pay. This policy can bring you peace of mind as you deal with your loss.

Having a wrongful death attorney by your side is crucial for protecting your best interests. Insurance companies are highly skilled at settling claims for the least amount possible. But, unfortunately, their desire to protect profits is far greater than their desire to help you.

Do not fall victim to insurance company tactics. Instead, take important steps now by contacting our office for a free case consultation. Once you hire a member of our team, you can refer pushy insurance adjusters to your lawyer. Time is not on your side; Contact the Law Office of John W. Redmann, LLC today.