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Wrongful Death Lawyer Salt Lake City, UT
When a person you love has died due to someone else’s negligence, this can hurt you more because you may be wondering how much longer you could have lived with them. Filing a wrongful death claim will not heal your emotional wounds after your loved one’s passing, but it can help by holding the person who caused the accident responsible for their actions and it can help recover damages for expenses you have had to pay relating to your loved one’s medical bills, funeral, and burial costs. Additionally, under certain circumstances, you are also able to file punitive damages. If you would like to file a wrongful death lawsuit, reach out to the compassionate team at Rasmussen & Miner. We would like to help you during this difficult time.
What kinds of damages are most common in wrongful death cases?
Most often, a loved one will be able to file a wrongful death claim to receive compensatory damages. These types of damages are things like:
- Loss of the deceased’s love and affection
- Your loved one’s pain and suffering they experienced when they were injured before they passed away
- Your loved one’s funeral and burial expenses
- Your loved one’s lost wages that they would have continued to earn if they had lived
These are just a few of the types of damages that you could win if your wrongful death lawsuit is successful.
Is it possible to win punitive damages?
A wrongful death lawyer in Salt Lake City, UT knows that although it is not common to win punitive damages, it is possible given certain circumstances. Your lawyer can help you determine if you should file for punitive damages. This happens only when your loved one’s death was caused by a person’s actions that were so reckless and egregious, the court determines they must be punished so that they (and others) never act in that manner again. When attempting to file for punitive damages, it is important to understand that various circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death will affect the number awarded, including the defendant’s financial state as well as what type of misconduct they committed.
Filing a wrongful death claim is difficult, especially as you continue to grieve the loss of your loved one. If you are considering filing a wrongful death claim and are wondering if the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death warrant punitive damages, reach out to Rasmussen & Miner to learn more.