How does the court determine the amount of compensations in a wrongful death case?

In the event of a wrongful death, no amount of money can bring back a loved one, but compensation can help lessen the financial burden. The court takes a number of economic and non-economic factors into account when determining the amount of compensation.

Wrongful Death Economic Loss Factors

From an economic stand point, the court considers funeral and medical expenses, as well as the amount of money the deceased would have contributed had they lived a normal life span. This in and of itself is a very complex equation in which the court examines how financially dependent the survivors were on the deceased including the age and needs of the deceased’s children.

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Wrongful Death Non-Economic Loss Factors

Non-economic loss takes into account the following:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship
  • Emotional distress
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of care
  • Loss of consortium

Wrongful death cases are painful and difficult no matter what the circumstances. The decisions you make after the loss of a loved one will have a long-lasting impact on you and your family. Our experienced wrongful death lawyers will fight aggressively to bring a sense of closure and security to your family, while bringing the negligent party to justice.

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, contact our Menomonee Falls personal injury attorneys to schedule a free case evaluation.

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