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Damages one may recover in a wrongful death lawsuit

On Behalf of | Dec 28, 2018 | Wrongful Death |

There is one unfortunate fact for everyone in Hawaii and that is that at some point in time everyone will pass away. How it will occur will vary greatly though. Some will die of natural causes after living a long, full life, but others dies relatively young due to a disease or illness or because of injuries suffered in a fatal accident. Anytime a loved one dies it can be difficult for the family and friends who survive them, but those that die in fatal accidents can be particularly difficult because they are unexpected, leaving the loved ones no time to prepare.

In addition to emotional difficulties the family will go through, they could also go through financial difficulties as well. This is especially true if the deceased earned the primary income for the family. Figuring out how to pay bills each month can become a difficult task and that does not include any medical bills the family incurred prior to the death, funeral costs and other expenses. These families may be entitled to compensation though through a wrongful death lawsuit.

These lawsuits hold the person who caused the fatal accident accountable for the death they caused by requiring them to compensate the victims’ families. This compensation can include a number of different things in addition to lost income, medical bills and funeral costs. They could receive compensation for loss of companionship, loss of marital care and attention, loss of parental care, advice, education and other services the deceased provided to the family.

The hope is that everyone in Hawaii will live a long life and simply pass away from old age, but many people are not that lucky. Many people die young in fatal accidents. This can be very devastating for the family as they try to move on without them. While it will never bring the loved one back, the family may be entitled to compensation which can be very valuable as they move forward. Experienced attorneys understand how devastating these deaths can be and may be able to guide one through it.