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Suing For Emotional Distress When A Loved One Loses Their Life

Losing a loved one suddenly in a car accident can come as a shock to a family. In just one year’s time, approximately 40,000 people lose their lives in fatal accidents within the entire U.S. When loved ones lose somebody closest to them in a life-altering accident, it can affect various aspects of their life. It is not always easy to grieve the death of a loved one, which is why you might wonder what options you have recovering compensation for emotional distress.

Understanding Emotional Distress Damages

Nothing is more devastating than losing a loved one. Surviving family members might find themselves in the midst of financial turmoil and suffering from emotional distress, which is suffering that one feels after negligent acts take the life of a loved one. Many people struggle to come to terms with the loss of somebody closest to them, which is why many family members immediately turn to the help of a dedicated accident attorney.

If somebody has been taken from you unexpectedly due to a severe accident, you might wonder how you can prove that emotional distress took place. You may also struggle to come to terms with how you wish to proceed with your claim. Emotional distress is not always easy to prove, which is why you will likely have to speak with a licensed medical professional. You never want to stand alone after losing a loved one due to reckless acts caused by another party.

Damages That May Be Available to You 

After filing a wrongful death claim and collecting all of your evidence against a negligent party, you might wonder what damages you are able to receive. The negligent party will likely be required to compensate the victim’s family for the losses that they have sustained. There are many types of damages that you will be able to receive, including emotional distress-related damages:

  • Medical expenses that the loved one incurred before tragically losing their life
  • Property damage that occurred at the time of the accident
  • Reimbursement for pain and suffering faced by the family and any types of related therapies or out-of-pocket expenses related to this
  • Loss of income from the family members, which can sometimes contribute to emotional distress as families already grieve such a tremendous loss

The aftermath of a wrongful death is extremely distressing. It can be difficult to pursue a claim for compensation against a party who has contributed to the loss of your loved one, but speaking with an attorney can lessen some of the stress that you are feeling.

Speaking with a Wrongful Death Attorney 

Losing a loved one due to somebody else’s negligence is a challenging thing to face on your own. Having a skilled wrongful death attorney on your side can determine if you are eligible for compensating in the midst of one of these claims. You may be curious as to which damages you will be able to compensate for as well. Our attorneys at Sheftall & Associates are here to help you and your family in this time of grieving and distress. We will help you recover and move forward in your time of need. Please contact our accident attorneys at (904) 638-7712 for more information on your legal options.