The loss of a loved one can be difficult, but when the death is caused by someone else’s careless or negligent behavior, it can be especially traumatic. A wrongful death lawsuit can help to bring justice and closure to the family members left behind. While money cannot replace a deceased relative, compensation can help alleviate financial burdens like funeral costs and lost income.

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Wrongful death lawsuits vary in how they discuss damages, but most states recognize certain kinds of economic and noneconomic losses survivors might experience. The first kind of economic loss is out-of-pocket expenses, such as the decedent’s medical bills and funeral costs. Other economic losses might include lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering. Noneconomic losses can be more difficult to pin down, but they might include loss of companionship, love, affection, guidance, and counsel. It’s important to speak with an experienced attorney about the specific kinds of losses a family member might suffer in a wrongful death claim.

It may take some time to build a strong case, particularly when it comes to proving financial damages. An attorney can advise a client about which documents to gather, such as pay stubs, tax returns, and receipts for injury- or death-related expenses. An attorney can also identify potential witnesses and conduct interviews. Finally, an attorney can review any liens that might be filed by third parties. These might include a health care provider, government agency, or employer, which is seeking to recover amounts paid on behalf of the victim.