Uncovering the Financial and Emotional Costs of Wrongful Death
When a loved one dies due to the negligence or wrongful act of another, families are often left with more than just emotional pain. According to a recent study conducted by researchers at Pacific Injury Law Firm, families are left with a financial burden as well.
The study surveyed 1,000 families who had experienced wrongful death in their family. It found that the financial costs associated with wrongful death can be devastating for surviving family members. Not only do they have to deal with medical bills and funeral costs, but they also face legal fees and lost wages due to the victim's untimely death.
In most cases of wrongful death, medical bills will already have been accumulated prior to the victim's passing. These can range from hospital visits and treatments to prescription medications or even home health care services. The average cost of medical bills related to wrongful death is estimated at $25,000-$50,000 per case depending on how severe the injury was prior to passing away.
### Legal Fees In order for surviving family members to receive any compensation for their loss, they must file a lawsuit against those responsible for their loved one’s death – often times this means going through an attorney or law firm like Pacific Injury Law Firm. The legal fees associated with such cases can vary greatly depending on how complex it is but it can cost up $100k or more in some cases – even if there is no trial involved!
### Lost Wages The loss of a breadwinner in any household can be financially devastating – especially when that person’s income was used as part of day-to-day living expenses such as rent/mortgage payments and groceries etc.. The average amount lost in wages due to wrongful death is estimated at $60k-$150k depending on what type of job the deceased held and how long they had been employed there for prior passing away from their injury-related illness/accident etc..
### Emotional Costs While not always quantifiable in dollars and cents - it cannot be understated just how much emotional distress a family experiences after losing someone close due to someone else’s negligence or wrong doing; whether that be through grief counselling sessions (which could cost around $500 per session) or simply having time off work due to being emotionally overwhelmed by what has happened - these ‘costs’ should never go overlooked when discussing wrongful deaths as they are just as important (if not more so) than any financial costs associated with them too!
Wrongful deaths are both financially and emotionally costly for surviving family members – something which should never be understated when discussing this issue further. It is important that we continue raising awareness about these types of tragedies so that we can ensure all those affected receive justice & closure where possible; both financially & emotionally speaking!