It is certainly traumatic and emotionally difficult when a loved one passes away. This is especially true if they passed away unexpectedly. Your family probably is not thinking about the financial side, and that’s fine. Everyone has to work through something like this at their own pace.
However, there are financial consequences to having someone pass away. It’s important to know what options this may give your family to seek compensation. This is already going to be a stressful time, so compensation can help to at least remove some of the financial stress.
First and foremost, you’re certainly going to have some funeral costs. the average cost of a funeral in the United States is as high as $12,000. For many families, this is far more than they simply have on hand in the case of an unexpected passing. And even if you can afford it, you may feel it is vastly unfair for your family to have to handle this financial burden when your loved one’s passing was someone else’s fault.
Lost future earnings
Another thing that the court may consider is the earning capacity that your loved one had for the future. This is important in cases when the person who passed away was the main breadwinner. If they were earning $100,000 every year and expected to work for 10 more years, you may be in line for substantial compensation to make up for the fact that your family missed out on all of those future earnings.
Depending on the nature of the situation, you may be also facing some high medical bills. Perhaps your loved one was injured in a car accident and taken to the hospital. They survived for a few days while getting emergency treatment that wound up costing a quarter of a million dollars. Just because they couldn’t be saved doesn’t mean that the hospital simply waves all of those bills. You may be able to get compensation to pay what you owe.
Exploring your options
If you have lost a loved one and you’re trying to work your way through this, take the time to carefully consider your legal options. You may be able to find solutions that will make this difficult time a little bit easier for your family.