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Beneficiaries of a wrongful death claim can receive damages including loss of support, loss of services, loss of society, loss of prospective inheritance, and mental anguish.
When a beneficiary wishes to claim mental anguish, it means that have suffered emotionally due to the loss of their loved on. Similar to the claim of loss of society, it can be hard to quantify an amount that is deserved for this type of damage. There is no formula used to figure out an amount of compensation that someone should receive. Mental anguish can however end up being a significant award to a beneficiary because most people are able to relate to the grief experienced as the result of losing a loved one.
When a beneficiary makes the case for mental anguish in a wrongful death lawsuit, it is somewhat similar to asking for pain and suffering in a personal injury case.
When asking jurors for an award of mental anguish, your wrongful death lawyer might ask to award an amount based on the anguish experienced over a number of months or years. They could also take a different approach by simply asking the jurors to determine a fair figure to compensate the family members for the mental anguish that they’ve suffered.
When filing a wrongful death lawsuit, having an experienced lawyer can make all the difference in the amount of money that you receive. As you read above, your lawyer will play a large role in the money that you are awarded, so having a knowledgeable and skilled lawyer can help you and your family members receive the money that you deserve.
The lawyers at our office have years of experience working with wrongful death clients and we have helped countless families receive the money that they deserve after losing their loved one.
If you would like to speak to one of our lawyers about your loved one’s death and wrongful death claim, call 800.637.8170. Our lawyers will explain the entire process with you over the phone, answer any of the questions that you may have related to your loved one’s death or possible lawsuit, and give you a free case evaluation.
For more information regarding wrongful death lawsuits, request a free copy of The Ohio Wrongful Death Book. Our lawyers wrote this book so our clients could have a guide on hand at all times, helping them navigate through the legal process.
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