Losing a loved one can have a jarring and profound effect on the deceased’s family members. It can be very difficult to reconcile that a valued part of a family’s structure has been forever removed. This loss can be that much more difficult if it was due to some form of misconduct or negligence on behalf of a third party. Such an event is called a “wrongful death.”
Because the wrongful death of a loved one can have such devastating repercussions on a family’s life, it is possible to pursue legal action in the form of a lawsuit against the alleged responsible party. Such a lawsuit may result in the plaintiffs receiving financial compensation for their loss.
Regarding actions of wrongful death, the primary measure of damages is known as “pecuniary injury.” Pecuniary injuries include funeral expenses, medical expenses, the loss of services and support and the lost prospect of inheritance.
Pecuniary loss can have a number of determining factors such as the deceased’s health, age, life expectancy, character and earning capacity. Also taken into account are the circumstances of those who are potentially owed compensation.
The process of establishing the value of these factors can become complicated. In order to help clarify the deceased’s value to his or her family, plaintiffs are permitted to have economists offer expert testimony in court.
This post only covers the most basic aspects of what is a much more expansive topic. A more detailed explanation of the subject may be found here.
The emotional toll exacted by the death of a loved one can never be fully compensated by money. When someone is taken from us, we must contend with everything from the loss of companionship to the sudden redistribution of household chores. But financial compensation can be extremely important in allowing the survivors to continue with their daily lives.
If you have lost a loved one in circumstances that may merit a wrongful death lawsuit, you may wish to contact a Texas attorney who can advocate for your interests.