Non-Economic Losses After a Wrongful Death

Non-Economic Losses After a Wrongful Death

You may encounter significant problems regarding your financial losses following the wrongful death of a loved one. However, these losses don’t compare to your mental anguish. Nor do they account for the pain and suffering you endure after a wrongful death.

The statutes in Missouri allow for you and your family to sue the negligent party in pursuit of non-economic losses. These losses are not quantifiable and don’t have a numerical value associated with them. Instead, they factor in your emotional loss.

What Does Non-Economic Compensation Cover?

The courts in Missouri may award your family compensation for non-economic losses, including but not limited to:

  • Loss of guidance
  • Loss of love and companionship
  • Loss of services
  • Loss of training
  • Loss of support
  • Loss of counsel
  • Loss of instruction

The courts will look at the parties involved in the lawsuit to determine which non-economic losses apply to your situation. When you are the surviving spouse filing the wrongful death lawsuit, many of the above apply. The jury may award a significant sum for the non-economic damages.

Is There a Cap on Non-Economic Damages?

Missouri does place a cap on the amount of non-economic compensation the jury can award in any given case involving medical malpractice. In these types of lawsuits, non-economic damages cannot exceed $350,000.

However, this number accounts for inflation each year.

It’s best to speak with a legal representative who can help you understand what options you have to pursue compensation. A lawyer can explain which damages you may recover and how much you can pursue given the circumstances and the potential cap on damages.

Our Springfield wrongful death lawyers at Strong-Garner-Bauer stand ready to protect your rights. If you suffer the loss of a loved one because of negligence, know that we’re prepared to go the extra mile on your behalf, always committed to protecting your rights.