March 14, 2015

Non-Economic Damages from a Wrongful Death

When a loved one dies due to the negligence of another, thinking about money can seem crass. Most people don’t want to “cash in” on the death of a close family member, but the truth is there are practical things to consider. When a loved one dies, it could mean the loss of income used to support the family, the loss of a person to take care of the home, and more. These damages are relatively straightforward. But there are other damages that are not so easy to quantify – non-economic damages. A wrongful death attorney can examine your situation and determine what sort of damages you and your family have suffered and make sure that you are made as whole as possible after an accident.

Non-economic damages in Oregon can include:

  • Mental suffering
  • Pain
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of comfort, care, companionship, and society

This is just a partial list of the areas that are covered by non-economic damages. Even though they can be difficult to quantify, they are no less important than economic damages. For instance, if a young wife loses her husband to a drunk driver, she deserves to be compensated for more than just his lost salary. His untimely death means they will never start a family together, experience life together, and other joys that couples may take for granted.

These damages are important but easy to overlook for someone attempting to handle their case on their own. By working with an experienced personal injury attorney, you can be sure that all damages, both economic and non-economic, are addressed, helping a person to be made as whole as possible after a wrongful death.

At Johnson Law, we understand how difficult this time can be. We know that money is the last thing on a person’s mind. We work compassionately with our clients to help bring closure to this sudden loss. If you have suffered a wrongful death in Portland, contact our office right away for a free consultation.

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