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Wrongful Death: What Damages can a Family Claim?

Updated: Feb 12, 2019



Surviving family members can collect several types of damages after they have established that their loved one's death was due to a wrongful act, including: 


Medical bills and burial expenses,compensatory damages for lost wages their loved one would have earned had they lived to a normal life expectancy. Compensatory damages for the pain and suffering endured by the surviving family members due to their loved one's absence. Punitive damages that are intended to punish the person who caused the death and discourage similar behavior in the future.


Not all states allow for punitive damages. 


All states have statutes of limitations that govern how long you can wait to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If you wait beyond the statutory time frame, you will be forever barred from your claim. If you believe that your loved one's death was caused by the negligence, recklessness or deliberate act of another, consult with an attorney at the C. Harris Law Firm, P.A., to understand your legal rights and to determine if you should pursue a claim.


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