What Are Non-Economic Damages In A Wrongful Death Case?

Losing a loved one can be one of the most traumatic experiences in your life. Their sudden death, wrong and unexpected, can leave you and the rest of your family in shock and disbelief as you struggle to cope and pick up the pieces. You may not know where to turn or what to do if their life was taken suddenly in an accident. Sometimes looking for legal help to make sense and help remedy a situation can be hard to do if you aren’t sure what steps to take.

In the event of a wrongful death, someone has passed away suddenly by means of an accident or incident that was most likely preventable and should not have taken place. Whether a drunk driver lost control at the wheel or an employer did not properly secure and evaluate workplace before ordering someone to perform there, a wrongful death deserves some form of compensation for the hardships it has placed upon the family of the deceased. These compensations may be difficult to assume because you can only register the monetary values that arise. Things like funeral costs and loss of expected income can be calculated. But in the eyes of personal injury law, there are some things lost that cannot simply have a price tag.

The term for describing some of the lost attributes of the recently deceased and what effects it will have on those they are survived by is called ‘Non-Economic Damages’. There are numerous different things that can be considered to be non-economic losses after a family member’s accident that takes their life, but here are the broadened terms which the state of Texas recognizes:

– Survivor’s mental peril, suffering, and anguish
– Lost sensation of love, society, and companionship with the passed
– Lack of consortium from the deceased
– Lost qualities of a family member role
– Loss of care, protection, guidance, and nurturing

Oftentimes you may not realize what all you have lost when someone dies until later on in your life. It could take weeks, months, or even years, to fully cope with not having that figure in your life anymore. This is why legal experts like the attorneys here at The McMinn Law Firm can help you assume everything you will be losing in their place and how to appropriately accommodate for the loss. Their sympathy to you and strong actions against those at fault will help you seek some comfort and compensation from all the hardships you are enduring.