What Type of Damages Can Be Collected in an Orange County Wrongful Death Action?
The loss of a loved one is a terrible blow from which it is hard to recover. It takes a severe emotional toll on the family of the deceased person, and can cause significant financial hardships, too. These feelings may be amplified in the case of a wrongful death-a situation where the person would not have died if not for the careless, negligent, reckless, or intentional behavior of another person.
No money can bring back a lost loved one, of course, but an experienced Orange County wrongful death lawyer can help you recover from the financial hardships you have encountered in the aftermath of the death of a family member. The most obvious of these are funeral and burial costs and the loss of income from the job of the deceased person. Somewhat less obvious is the value of the household services provided. Although the deceased person was probably not paid for these services when he or she was alive, they were a contribution to the household’s well-being that will now need to be performed by someone else.
Damages for mental and emotional distress are not available to the family of the deceased person because of grief and sorrow. However, damages may be available for loss of love, care, comfort, advice, and guidance that he or she provided.
If you have lost a spouse, parent, or other family member, you may be able to file an action to recover some of the financial costs that you have incurred as a result of his or her wrongful death. Contact an Orange County wrongful death lawyer to learn more about protecting your rights and obtaining the financial help you deserve. For a free case evaluation, please call Orange County personal injury attorney Samer Habbas at (888) 848-5084.