3 Categories That Typically Make Up A Wrongful Death Settlement
These three categories are carefully considered to help determine the value of wrongful death lawsuits. Laws vary state by state nationwide; however, the above rules generally apply no matter where the accident occurred.
Economic DamagesThis is the most common loss. Primarily money related to "loss of income" from the victim's death. Living family members are still required to pay bills and the compensation from a wrongful death case helps to continue doing so.
Non-Economic DamagesThis type of category covers items like suffering, grief, mental anguish, loss of parent (if children are involved), and other areas. This area is more difficult to place a value on and many times receives push-back from the defending parties.
Punitive DamagesThis focuses on the possibility of avoidance of the wrongful death. Was there reasonable negligence that caused the accident? Carelessness of not following safety protocols can make up punitive damages.