If you have lost a loved one or family member in a car accident, we would first like to extend our deepest sympathies. This is a tragic experience, and we understand the emotional toll this can take on a family. If you are filing a claim against the at-fault driver, you may have heard the term “non-economic wrongful death damages.” This refers to the pain and suffering that you have had to endure as a result of your loss.
Non-Economic Wrongful Death Damages | Emotional Damages
Emotional pain and suffering is sometimes also referred to as mental anguish. It is difficult to put an exact dollar amount on this particular subset of damages. But that’s what a Houston wrongful death attorney is for. When we negotiate with the insurance company of the at-fault party, emotional damages are one of our main focuses. After all, you can’t put a price on the loss of a loved one. We will make sure you receive maximum compensation in order to help alleviate the emotional burden.
Non-Economic Wrongful Death Damages | Other Types of Damages
In a Texas wrongful death case, there are two categories of monetary damages available for recovery. The first type is punitive damages. These are designed to punish those responsible for the death. These are only available when the person responsible acted willfully or the death was the result of his or her gross negligence.
The second is compensatory damages. As its name implies, these compensate the surviving victims in a wrongful death action. Common types of compensatory damages include:
- Loss of future earnings.
- Funeral expenses and medical bills.
- Loss of companionship.
- Emotional pain and suffering (sometimes referred to as mental anguish).
- Loss of inheritance.
- Loss of services (such as the support, care and advice the victim may have continued to receive if their loved one survived).
Contact Longoria Law Firm Today
If you lost someone you love due to the negligence of someone else, you may be left unable to pay your bills or provide for your family. Let experienced Houston wrongful death attorney Hector Longoria fight for your rightful compensation so you can begin the grieving process. Call today for a free consultation.