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Types of Damages Available in a Wrongful Death Claim

In a West Virginia wrongful death claim, there are several types of damages available, and some of them are easier to calculate than others. A Star City wrongful death attorney can give you the most accurate assessment of the awards to which a plaintiff may be entitled, but, generally, three types of damages are considered.

Economic damages are probably the easiest to calculate. They include future wages lost due to the death of a loved one. They also include the medical bills that may have been incurred such as for their care and the funeral costs.

Non-economic damages stem from the pain and suffering due to the loss of a loved one. This can include loss of consortium claims from a spouse. These types of damages are often subjective and can vary from case to case.

Finally, there are punitive damages. These types of awards are designed to punish a negligent party when their behavior causes a fatality. They may also be dependent on the type of lawsuit and the nature of the fatality. Criminal behavior on the part of a defendant can also impact these damages.

The amount of damages may depend on the types of evidence presented in a case. You will need to gather evidence with the help of a Star City wrongful death attorney to make your wrongful death claim.  

Contact a Star City Wrongful Death Attorney for Help

In the case of a car accident, survivors should read the 7 biggest mistakes that can wreck your West Virginia car accident claim. Also, an attorney from the Miley Legal Group can answer your questions about your West Virginia wrongful death claim. Call for more information at 304-326-1800 or 877-652-1031.

Author Bio

Tim Miley is the Founder of Miley Legal Accident Injury Lawyers, a West Virginia personal injury law firm he formed in 2006. With more than 30 years of experience in personal injury law, he is dedicated to representing clients in a wide range of personal injury cases, including car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, brain injuries, wrongful death, and other personal injury matters.

Tim received his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University and is a member of the West Virginia State Bar and the Harrison County Bar Association. He has helped his clients win more than $10 million in personal injury verdicts and settlements and has further served the people of West Virginia by filling legislative roles in the state’s government since 2004.

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