A wrongful death action is a personal injury action that is brought forth on behalf of family members of a person killed as a result of the negligence of another. Typically, you need to be either the spouse, child or parent of the person killed to bring a wrongful death action.
Nothing can be done to undo the damages caused to a family of a loved one killed by the fault of another. A wrongful death action seeks to compensate through money damages for that loss. From the economic standpoint, this includes the loss income that person provided, a valuation of the tasks they performed around the house, and financial losses that can be measured through statistics and income.
The wrongful death case also seeks to compensate for what is called the “non-economic damages.” This seeks to measure the loss of love, society, advice, companionship, protection, guidance and moral support. In the case of a loss of a spouse, the loss of sexual relations is also considered.
Wrongful death actions can develop in a myriad of ways. They can arise from an auto accident, a police shooting, a fault product, a utility caused fire, etc. Depending on the type of cases drives the type of legal analysis needed to prove liability.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Ara Jabagchourian, P.C. use consultants and other experts for purposes of proving economic losses. This includes using economists, experts in the particular industry the decedent was employed, and testimony from former colleagues. These opinions help establish the loss of income suffered by the family as a result of the wrongful death.
Testimony of friends, family and work colleagues is also important for non-economic damages. such testimony helps begin to paint the picture of the relationship loss due to the wrongful death. Our office has also used videos taken by the family to help explain the importance of the decedent to the family.
If you have any questions regarding a wrongful death matter, please call Ara Jabagchourian directly to discuss the matter.