Damages in Norristown Wrongful Death Cases

It goes without saying that money alone can’t possibly make up for the loss of someone you love due to another person’s reckless, careless, or criminal act. However, it can still be important to understand and take full advantage of your right to demand civil recovery in a situation like this. The compensation you can get through a successful lawsuit or settlement demand might be key to protecting your whole family’s short- and long-term interests.

If you want to maximize the amount of money you get for your damages in a Norristown wrongful death case, there’s no substitute for support from an experienced wrongful death lawyer who’s well-known for winning cases like yours in the past. In a recent case, our team at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers secured $5 million for the estate of a women who lost her life in a traffic tractor-trailer accident in Union County.

What Damages Are Available in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

The core idea behind a wrongful death lawsuit is to reimburse surviving family members of a deceased person—more specifically, that person’s surviving spouse, children, or parents—for specific losses they’ll experience because of their loved one’s premature death. This means it’s possible to recover for both “economic” damages with objective financial values and for “non-economic” damages that have to be valued subjectively on a case-by-case basis, including but not limited to things like:

  • Lost future financial support the deceased person would’ve provided
  • Lost help around the house, including for things like childcare
  • Lost companionship, guidance, and love
  • Lost “consortium” for a spouse

It’s worth noting, though, that Pennsylvania law has pretty strict rules for how damages recovered through a wrongful death case in Norristown are paid out to eligible family members. In general, a deceased person’s surviving spouse always gets the first $30,000 recovered and then half of what remains. Surviving children or parents generally split whatever’s left after that.

Recovering for Other Losses Through a “Survival Action”

In addition to the wrongful death damages mentioned above, it’s also possible to recover for losses that a deceased person experienced between when they were first hurt by another person’s misconduct and when they ultimately passed away from those injuries. Through a separate but related claim called a “survival action,” you may be able to demand money for losses like:

  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional anguish and distress
  • Medical bills for care the deceased person received between their accident and their death
  • Lost work income the deceased person would’ve earned if they had not been injured
  • Costs of funeral, burial, or estate administration services

Rather than being paid directly to surviving family members, survival action damages after a wrongful death in Norristown are paid to the deceased person’s estate first. After that, the money will be used to pay off outstanding debts and then distributed to the “beneficiaries” that the deceased person named in their will.

Contact a Norristown Attorney for Help Understanding Damages in Wrongful Death Cases

Of course, this is just general information about the kinds of losses you may be able to incorporate into a successful wrongful death lawsuit or settlement demand. Damages in Norristown wrongful death cases can vary a lot from person to person, and what you need to recover for may be entirely different from what another family would need.

That’s why it can be so important to have help from our seasoned attorneys at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers from start to finish of the legal process. Call today to learn how our team can help you and your family get paid what you deserve.