Element #3 of a Wrongful Death Claim: Damages
A claim cannot result in compensation for your losses if you cannot show emotional and/or financial damages resulting from the death of a loved one. Depending on his or her role within your family, the deceased’s loss can have a range of impacts on your lives.
For example, the loss of a head of household may result in the loss of a substantial source of income, as well as companionship and emotional support, to the rest of the family. These damages, both financial and emotional, can create a huge impact on your family’s future and therefore qualify you to seek compensation for these setbacks.
Element #4 of a Wrongful Death Claim: Evidence
The first evidence you should present is that your loved one was killed due to the negligence of another. This process varies depending on the nature of the accident, but in most cases involves some common basic elements such as:
- medical records;
- coroner reports or autopsy records;
- police reports; and
- witness statements.
Providing the evidence of financial losses and emotional damages isn’t just a matter of asking for a settlement amount. You must show evidence of why you’re seeking a specific amount of compensation. Loss of income typically can be calculated by looking at the past earnings of the deceased and predicting future earnings, but placing a value on long-term emotional losses is much more difficult.
When It’s Time to Talk to an Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney
The unexpected loss of a loved one due to a catastrophic accident is never an easy situation to deal with. During this difficult time, it’s easy to get frustrated with your circumstances – your family didn’t deserve to suffer due to the negligence of another!
At The Law Offices of Shane Smith we help the families of accident victims seek justice after they’ve suffered losses due to another’s negligence. We have helped victims in Atlanta and the surrounding areas with cases of accidents caused by negligent drivers or other accidents resulting in fatal injury.
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