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For families who have just lost a loved one, hiring an attorney may be the last thing on their mind. However, it is important to consult with a wrongful death attorney, such as the ones on staff at the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey. You may be eligible for compensation to help pay for financial difficulties that you incur as a result of your loved one’s death, emotional distress, and more.
What is a wrongful death?
A wrongful death may result from negligence or misconduct of another person. The claim itself is a civil action made by the survivors of the deceased, seeking monetary retribution for the death of their loved one. The purpose of the claim is to provide compensation to the family members of those who relied on financial or emotional support from the deceased relative.
The most common causes of wrongful death include:
- Vehicle accidents (car, semi-truck, motorcycle, boat, and the like)
- Birth injuries
- Workplace injuries
- Medical malpractice
When the court reviews your case, these factors are considered in determining the amount of damages that may be awarded.
- Relationship between survivors and the deceased
- Net income of deceased
- Value to replace deceased services
- Life expectancy of all parties seeking financial retribution
In addition to compensation for the above-mentioned damages, the court may also award the surviving spouse, children, or parent(s) with what is called punitive damages. The purpose of punitive damages is to punish the defending party for their negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions toward causing the wrongful death. Also, it serves as an example to others from behaving this way in the future.
Representing the injured and disabled for more than 30 years, the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey proudly serves Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport, TN, as well as Abingdon, VA. Call (276) 451-2056 to schedule your free consultation.