The untimely passing of a spouse is an emotionally trying and damaging
situation, there is no doubting that. But just how damaging is it in the
eyes of the law? As a surviving spouse filing a
wrongful death case against the negligent, reckless, or malicious party that caused the
passing of your spouse, what are your rights? How much compensation can
you actually pursue?
For most wrongful death cases of a spouse, the surviving spouse is permitted
to seek two forms of damages. The first will be expenses relating to the
accident or incident that led to the wrongful death, up until the actual
date of passing. For example, in a
truck accident case, you could seek compensation for emergency medical attention, any
hospital treatment, and the cost of the property damage caused to your
vehicle. Furthermore, the deceased’s own suffering may be compensated,
as well as any burial and funeral expenses.
The second form of damages you could pursue are altogether vaguer and more
specific, depending on your relationship to the deceased. As a surviving
spouse, you may be able to sue for grief caused by the sudden loss of
companionship, money that they should have earned during their lifetime,
and unexpected hardships if you now must raise any children alone. These
damages are often regulated by your state, vary from case to case, and
have a specific cap. Be sure to talk to a lawyer if you have any questions.
Compassionate and Caring Legal Representation
If you need to file a wrongful death lawsuit after your spouse passed away
due to the negligent actions of another party, our Shreveport wrongful
death attorneys from Morris, Dewett & Savoie, LLC can help you. We
have 70+ years of collective legal experience and have secured
millions of dollars for our clients throughout our firm’s history.
Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you, or to get started with a