Norcross Personal Injury Lawyer | Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim


There are a variety of different factors at play in a wrongful death claim, which can make these types of claims rather confusing.  For example, a while back, I wrote an article explaining who has the right to pursue a wrongful death claim and how a Norcross wrongful death attorney can help with the litigation process.  In addition, it may be unclear as to what kind of damages you may seek as someone going after a wrongful death claim.

Generally, there are three different types of damages:

  • economic
  • non-economic
  • punitive

Economic damages refer to the value of the monetary contributions the victim would have made to the survivors had the accident not occurred.  A variety of factors are considered, such as:

    • loss of expected income and other earnings
    • loss of benefits (eg, pension plan and health benefits)
    • loss of inheritance (due to the untimely nature of the victim’s death)
    • medical expenses
    • funeral expenses

Non-economic damages are a little less black and white because it is not an assessment of lost funds.  Instead, it is a settlement for the intangible damages the survivor has experienced.  For example:

    • loss of consortium (if survivor is the spouse)
    • loss of care, protection, and nurturing from the deceased
    • pain and suffering

Punitive damages may be the least familiar one, and this is because it is not as common as the other two types of damages.  In fact, punitive damages is reserved for cases in which the defendant displayed particularly bad conduct.

Calculating all of the damages in a wrongful death claim can be very confusing.  If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another party, please contact our Norcross wrongful death attorneys at 770-837-3207.  You can schedule a free consultation at either of our two offices conveniently located in the metro Atlanta area.  Our Georgia wrongful death attorneys will be more than happy to assist you with your claim.  We have two offices located in the metro Atlanta area for your convenience.  If you are in need of immediate information, please consult our Norcross personal injury blog.