There is nothing easy about losing a loved one unexpectedly. Your loved one’s death is emotionally traumatic, but it also means that you lose out on their earning potential, such as the income and benefits they receive from their employer. You will also have to consider the costs your family incurred because of their death, ranging from funeral expenses to any medical costs they incurred.
People don’t always realize, however, that they’ve also suffered the loss of society and services due to their loved one’s death. These losses will impact your family’s happiness, stability and finances for the foreseeable future — just as much (or more than) the loss of income will.
Household services are valuable
Did your loved one change the oil in your car, watch your children or mow the lawn every week? All of those services are time-consuming and expensive if you have to hire someone else to provide them. Determining what services your loved one provided and placing a value on them can make it easier for you to ask for a fair amount of compensation in a wrongful death claim.
Loss of society is a bit like pain and suffering for survivors
Your loved ones enrich your life. They listen to your troubles, offer you advice and provide you with a sense of happiness and love.
It’s not really possible to put a reasonable price tag on any of those critical social supports, but acknowledging the role that a deceased loved one played in your life will give you a sense of having sought justice. It will also impress upon everyone involved in the proceedings how significant your loss truly was.
If you intend to file a wrongful death lawsuit, looking at the full impact of your loved one’s death, not just the immediate financial consequences, will make it easier for you to get the compensation that your family needs to move forward.