Wrongful death is when one person causes the death of another person due to negligence. You have the right to bring a wrongful death claim against someone who has caused the death of a close relative, such as your spouse or potentially your child, parent or sibling.
If you decide to make a claim for wrongful death, you will need to ask for damage, which is the money the court awards to you if it rules in your favor. According to FindLaw, the law allows you to recover damages for specific reasons.
Types of damages
You want to know the types of damages that you can get in a wrongful death case because it will help you to prepare your claim for court. You will need to ask upfront for what you want. The judge can give you additional damages, but you want to set the basis for what you are asking.
The court may award you damages for any medical care expenses your loved one had prior to death due to the incident that caused his or her death. You can also ask for reimbursement for funeral related expenses. Another direct financial aspect is lost wages. You may ask for the financial loss you will have due to the death.
Other damages may not be quite a clear to figure out. The court may award you payments for loss of companionship and the emotional distress caused by the loss of your loved one.
Statute of limitations
One thing to keep in mind is that if you want to recoup damages, you must file your case in time. The state gives you one year from the date the person dies to file your claim. If you fail to do so in that time, you cannot get anything.