After losing a loved one, getting through the grief process is challenging, especially if someone else was responsible for your family member’s death. Although a wrongful death claim cannot replace your family member, it can help you get justice for your loved one and financial security for your family.
At Tillmann Law, our attorneys represent parties who have been injured and lost loved ones in accidents caused by someone else’s negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct. We know the thought of going through the legal process can seem overwhelming after a death in the family, but our attorneys will handle all of the legal work while you and your family work on your emotional recovery. Contact a wrongful death attorney at Tillmann Law online or by calling (503) 683-8113 to discuss your case and potential wrongful death claim.
In Idaho, economic and non-economic damages are recoverable in wrongful death claims. Economic damages are losses with an affixed monetary value that you suffered due to your loved one’s death. Common types of economic damages include loss of the decedent’s financial support, funeral expenses, medical expenses, and the value of your loved one’s household services.
Non-economic damages are more challenging to calculate because there is no specific monetary value. Examples of non-economic damages that might be recovered in wrongful death actions include loss of the decedent’s services, training, guidance, comfort, society, and conjugal relationship.
Under some circumstances, punitive damages may be awarded in wrongful death claims. Punitive damages are awarded over and above the amount that compensates claimants for their losses. These damages are meant to punish defendants for their actions. Punitive damages are only awarded when a plaintiff can prove that the defendant’s conduct was oppressive, fraudulent, malicious, or outrageous.
In general, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim in Idaho is two years. If you fail to file your case within two years of your loved one’s death, you may lose your right to collect compensation from the responsible parties. However, there are some exceptions, such as if the wrongful conduct that caused your loved one’s death was deliberately concealed, you may have additional time to file your claim.
If you believe that someone’s wrongful conduct caused your family member’s death, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a wrongful death attorney at Tillmann Law online or by calling (503) 683-8113 to discuss your case and potential wrongful death claim. Consultations with our attorneys are always free and confidential.