If you are a family member or a close loved one of a mesothelioma patient who passed away after a mesothelioma diagnosis, there is simply no amount of financial compensation that can undo such a heart-wrenching loss. Sadly, losing a loved one to mesothelioma has been altogether too common, with the best available statistics indicating that approximately 2,500 mesothelioma-related deaths occur in the United States every year.
These findings are heartbreaking, but they are not tragic in the classic sense of the word because these deaths could — and should — have been prevented. The truth is that far too many loved ones pass away from mesothelioma because a legally responsible party exposed that person to asbestos decades before the mesothelioma diagnosis was received.
If your loved one passed away because of a similarly negligent exposure, you can file a legal claim that can be used to recover financial compensation for the mesothelioma victim’s needless death and damages your family suffered.
What Is the Worth of a Wrongful Death Claim?
The specific value of a successful wrongful death settlement or successful trial verdict hinges upon a number of economic factors and the harms a family suffered. Specifically, the most common economic factors affecting the value of a mesothelioma wrongful death claim are:
- Medical bills
- Loss of income
- Expenses for the funeral
If the mesothelioma victim left a spouse behind, it is not unusual for juries to award compensation for a spouse’s loss of companionship and intimacy as well. Additionally, a wrongful death claim also regularly results in compensation for the family or loved one’s pain and suffering before the mesothelioma victim passed away. These factors are not quite as easy to calculate as the aforementioned economic factors, but the harms a family suffered from mesothelioma can significantly increase the value of a wrongful death claim.
So, too, can punitive damages, which are used to hold a liable party accountable for extremely negligent and harmful behavior. These damages do not compensate the family for any loss, but instead they are used to punish the liable party in a way that deters them and others from behaving similarly in the future.
At Ledger Law, We Know There Is More at Stake Than Money in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
A mesothelioma wrongful death claim is about justice and moving forward without a loved one. Financial compensation helps to pay the bills and handle financial difficulties that arise after losing a loved one, but filing a successful wrongful death claim is really about bringing closure and peace of mind to grieving families.
At The Ledger Law Firm, we fight to make sure that responsible parties are held accountable so that you are afforded this much-needed sense of closure after losing a loved to mesothelioma.
Contact us online today for a free case evaluation with a wrongful death mesothelioma lawyer at Ledger Law today.