Dealing with the death of someone we love is always difficult. When someone is killed by the wrongful act of another, the grief is devastating. Families and friends must face the future knowing that the victim’s touch, support and wisdom are forever gone. Although mourners will find comfort from the memories of the person who has died, the loss can be overwhelming.

In addition to the grief, families can also face very serious financial issues when someone dies. Who pays the medical bills? Who pays for the funeral? How can the family survive financially? How will the family survive without that person’s contributions to the household chores?

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Compensation

The laws that allow compensation for damages resulting from a wrongful death vary from state to state and differ depending on the circumstances of the death. Unfortunately, insurance companies may be quick to offer a settlement to victim’s families because of the risk involved in a wrongful death case. For families, it may seem easier to settle because they need the money quickly and because they don’t want to deal with an attorney when so many other things are going on.

At Garrett, Walker, & Aycoth, we believe that the easy way is not always the best way. Although trying to place a dollar amount on somebody’s life is nearly impossible and always invalid (since if we were given a choice every one of us would rather have that person back in our lives again) – the law allows for specific compensation for specific damages. For example, you may be able to claim:

  • A loss of earnings for a wage earner (which would entitle you to the equivalent of the income lost over the lifetime of the wage earner).
  • Replacement services (which would entitle you to the cost of hiring household services like cleaning, laundry, and childcare).
  • Loss of consortium (which would entitle you to compensation for the loss of companionship).
  • Emotional distress and mental anguish.
  • Medical and funeral expenses.
At Garrett Walker & Aycoth, we have helped families following the wrongful death of a family member. We will listen and learn as you tell us about your loved one. We can’t make this time easier for you, but we can help you through the process and make sure that your rights are appropriately and respectfully represented.

Call us at (336) 379-0539 or contact us to schedule a free, in-depth consultation with our experienced lawyers.