Dealing with the Despair of Losing a Child: Wrongful Death Claims
When you have lost somebody close to you in a wrongful death claim, it can be one of the most difficult times of your life, but you might find that some of these claims are cut-and-dry as you enter the legal system. When it comes to adults losing their lives, a family might receive compensation for lost earning potential, emotional suffering, funeral costs, and more. But what happens if you are a parent who has experienced the complete devastation of a child being taken too soon? How do you measure the loss of a child during one of the most traumatic and desperate times of your life?
How to Cope from the Loss of a Child
You were involved in an unexpected accident with serious results and now, suddenly, you have to adjust to life without your child. This is the moment that no parent wants to ever face but a reality that many have to every single year. When an earning adult dies, the financial loss might be relatively easy to assess. And though it is still an emotional time, losing a child is a feeling like no other. Nobody wants to put a price on a death, but courts and juries must make decisions about these matters so that you can move forward. You might think it is impossible to come up with the right amounts when you have lost your own child, but help is on your side.
When a child dies in a serious accident, the parent’s ability to recover is limited to their financial losses as the child typically was not working a full-time job and many other aspects that an adult is subjected to, making their cases much different than other wrongful death claims. Instead, the financial losses might come down to multiple aspects such as the age, sex, and work expectancy of the child in question, the child’s overall earning potential, the relationship of the child to those claiming losses, and the circumstances of those claiming the losses.
Unfortunately, no easy number can be given without knowing the circumstances of your case, as many of these cases are merely speculative in nature. The younger a child is at the time of the accident that takes their life, the more difficult it becomes for a number to be placed on the amount of damages. The amount that you receive in the end might be much less than you expected and will surely not fill the devastating void, which is why you never want to work along when it comes to these cases.
Parents will be able to compensate for aspects such as the medical and hospital costs that took place before the child passed away, as well as any other bills that are related to their loss of life caused by this horrific accident. They will also be able to recover for loss of consortium in many cases, which is considered to be a non-monetary loss. This covers the relationship you felt with your child and the loss of the love that you two had between each other. This will, of course, depend on many factors but is quite common to see in these cases.
Turn to an Attorney You Can Trust
After you have had to say goodbye to a child in your life, you might be struggling to come to terms with the traumatic aftermath and the emotions that you will now be feeling. The financial losses that follow you as well might be causing turmoil in your life, which is why it is important to have help on your side during this time. We understand that you are going through a difficult time in your life after saying goodbye to a loved one. At Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner, we want to let you know that you never stand alone. Contact a personal injury attorney that you can trust to get started on your claim at 304-431-4050.