Compensation for a Loved One’s Death
The sole remedy under the law is compensation in the form of money damages. We realize that no amount of money can possibly make up for a loved one’s death. After all, who can put a price tag on never being able to grow old with your spouse or being unable to maintain a relationship with your parent?
Nevertheless, money damages are all a court is empowered to provide. Our attorneys have obtained compensation for certain losses, such as the money the deceased would have contributed to the household. If the deceased was the sole breadwinner, then this amount can be considerable.
Our clients might also receive compensation for the loss of health care benefits and intangible losses like the loss of love, support, or guidance. Though harder to quantify in financial terms, these losses are very real.
The estate also has the right to seek compensation in a separate “survival action” for funeral/burial expenses and the cost of medical care to treat your loved one. The personal representative files the lawsuit, and any money received goes to the estate.