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Know what goes into filing a wrongful death lawsuit

A wrongful death lawsuit isn't something that is easy to file against someone who killed your loved one. This is often something that loved ones who are left behind might decide they need to do. There are many reasons to file a wrongful death claim. One of these is that they want to hold the person who killed their loved one accountable for his or her actions.

When it comes to filing a wrongful death lawsuit, there are a few different things you have to think about. One of the primary factors that you will have to figure out is what monetary amount of damages you are going to seek.

Determining this means that you take various points into account. You need to think about lost income and how that impacts your life. You also have to think about bills and expenses related to the death, such as the final arrangements for your loved one.

There are also some noneconomic damages that you might include in your lawsuit. These include factors like the loss of companionship and emotional support. It can also include the pain and suffering your loved one experienced prior to the death, as well as your loss of sexual intimacy with the decedent.

All of these are important because you don't want to undershoot the amount that you are seeking. It is usually better to seek higher damages than what you actually need to walk away with so that you can have room to negotiate with the other side. This might help you to work out a settlement for your case.

Source: FindLaw, "Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settlements: Averages and Outliers," accessed Sep. 15, 2017

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