A wrongful death is the loss of a person’s life that can occur when someone else engages in negligent, reckless or even deliberate behavior that leads to the person dying. If a person behaves in a manner that is so outside the norm of what a reasonable person would do in the same or similar situation and it leads to someone else being harmed, it is considered to be negligence.
Various factors come into play when the court determines a specific monetary amount in damages to the decedent’s surviving family members in a wrongful death case. Some of those include the relationship between the survivor and the decedent, expected lifespan of each party, and an estimation of the services the decedent would have performed had they not died. If you have lost a loved one and believe it was due to the negligence of another, call our firm for a free evaluation.