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Types of Damages Awarded in a Green Bay Wrongful Death Case

Losing a loved one in a sudden and unexpected manner can be a devastating thing. Those who lose a family member or loved one often experience great sorrow and suffering as they struggle to adjust to the loss. The grieving process is a process that can take a long period of time to recover.

The complications that come from a death can be intensified when the death comes from a negligent act. This is known as wrongful death. The losses associated with a wrongful death in Green Bay can often be compensated. Although it may be hard to think about a wrongful death lawsuit, it is important that the loved ones of the victim seek damages for the loss.

In general, there are two types of damages relating to wrongful death cases in Green Bay. They are:

  • Compensatory damages. This represents the loss that a close family member will suffer due to the death of their loved one. Compensatory damages are intended to compensate the survivors by figuring a dollar value for the impact that the death caused on the lives of the people left behind. Funeral costs, the income of the deceased and future earnings are forms of economic compensatory damages. Damage awards for the companionship or wise advice that the deceased person would have shared with family members are termed non-economic compensatory damages.
     
  • Punitive damages. Punitive damages are different from compensatory damages, as they are not based on the survivors’ losses. With punitive damages, the court awards the damages with the intent of punishing the party or parties involved in causing the death. Punitive damages are meant to deter those responsible from acting in a similar manner in the future, and to deter others from similar acts. Although the damages are not meant to be compensation of the wrongful death, the victim’s family will received the amount awarded.
     

Don’t let the responsible party go without consequences. To discuss your legal options you need to contact an experienced wrongful death attorney at Hupy and Abraham. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free legal consultation.

 

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham