Losing a loved one is hard. When a death is caused by another individual’s careless behavior or neglect, the loss is even more devastating. At Ruchti & Beck, we provide compassionate legal counsel to children, spouses and others grieving the loss of a beloved family member.
What Is a Wrongful Death?
When someone is killed because a person or business acted carelessly or negligently, the deceased’s family members can file a lawsuit to hold the wrongdoer accountable. Because wrongful death lawsuits are pursued under the civil justice system, courts may award money damages to litigants who successfully show that the defendant negligently caused the victim’s death.
Who Can Recover Damages?
Under Idaho law, only heirs can bring a claim for damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. State law defines an heir as a surviving spouse, children, parents, or stepchildren. More distant blood relatives and adopted siblings also qualify as heirs if they can prove they were dependent on the victim for financial support or services.
What Types of Damages Are Available?
When someone is killed due to the negligence of an individual or business, family members can recover a variety of economic and non-economic damages. Although no amount of money can ever fully compensate for the emotional loss of an unexpected death, fair compensation can help the survivors cope with the financial consequences that go hand in hand with these types of tragedies.
Under Idaho law, economic damages are unlimited, which means there is no cap on the amount survivors can receive. Economic damages include:
- Medical bills
- Funeral costs
- Loss of financial support, such as the deceased’s lost wages
- Loss of the value of services the victim contributed to the household
Unlike economic damages, non-economic damages are limited by Idaho law, but understanding how those limitis apply to a particular case requires careful analysis of the applicable law and facts. These damages include:
- Loss of the care, comfort, and companionship of the decedent
At Ruchti & Beck, we help our clients navigate the intricacies of the legal system. Although it is difficult to face life after a tragedy, you do not have to do it alone. We provide clients in mourning with compassionate, trustworthy counsel.
Helping Families Pursue Justice for Wrongful Deaths
If you have lost a loved one, you can count on us to pursue your wrongful death claim with sensitivity and integrity. We will thoroughly evaluate your case to determine whether you have an actionable claim. If you ultimately decide to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit, we will work hard to obtain the recovery your family deserves. At all stages of your case, we will keep you informed and engaged in the legal process. To discuss your case, call us today at (208) 478-5100.