As experienced New Orleans wrongful death attorneys, we know that the loss of a family member can result in far more problems than just the emotional difficulty of dealing with that loss. If the deceased person provided financial support for the family, the surviving family members may find themselves in a particularly difficult situation during what is already a terrible time in their lives.
Fortunately, when a family member accidentally dies as the result of the negligence of another party, the family may be able to recover damages for lost income and support. When determining what would amount to fair compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit, there are several factors that must be presented to the judge or jury making the determination.
These factors include the deceased person’s current income and likely future earnings. Fringe benefits – such as health insurance – that were provided through the deceased’s employment may also be considered.
Aside from lost income, non-economic damages also may be available to a family that has lost a loved one. This category of damages provides financial compensation for factors such as loss of companionship. Such damages are much more difficult to quantify than lost wages.
If you have lost a family member and have questions about a potential wrongful death claim, please feel free to call our office at 504-581-6411 or 855-GERTLER.