When an automobile accident results in a wrongful death, the deceased's family and dependents have all kinds of valid legal claims against the party or parties responsible. The wrongful death lawsuit includes compensatory demands for the deceased's hospitalization and medical expenses prior to death, and then the burial expenses. It also includes lost future wages and may also include other awards like punitive damages. There is also one type of hard to define compensation in the form of loss of companionship. The spouse loses a life partner, children lose a parent and parents lose the support and comfort of an adult child.
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Listed below are the reasons that can be cited to claim loss of companionship.
Just because there was a wrongful death doesn't mean family members automatically get to claim loss of companionship. If the defendant seeks to contest the demands, then the plaintiff may have to proof each loss individually. Teachers may have to be called to testify regarding the deceased parent's contribution to the children's education and other school activities. Neighbors may have to testify regarding affection and quality time spent with the family, and documented evidence will have to be introduced to prove family trips, outings and vacations.
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