In Case of a Wrongful Death, What Kind of Damages Can Asbestos Compensation Cover?

by Mark L. Rowe on July 16, 2018

The compensation which results from a wrongful death lawsuit will cover the damages experienced by the injured person throughout their life, as well as the damages which affect their family.

For the families who have lost a loved one to asbestos illness, financial compensation may be useful in a difficult time

The spouses, children, parents and siblings of asbestos victims who passed away are eligible for financial compensation. By filing a wrongful death lawsuit, the family members of a person whose life was claimed by mesothelioma, asbestosis or lung cancer can recover compensation from the responsible company. Following this legal action, both the damages experienced by the injured individual and those concerning their family will be covered.

The first type of damages, those which have affected the asbestos victim's life from the moment of their diagnosis until their last days, refer to:

  • projected lost income – the estimated amount of money the injured individual would have earned until retirement
  • the cost of medical care and treatment for their asbestos-related disease
  • funeral expenses

The damages affecting the deceased's family include:

  • loss of future services, care or assistance the asbestos victims would have provided
  • loss of companionship, comfort and guidance (also known as "loss of consortium")

If you lost a family member to mesothelioma or lung cancer, we highly encourage you to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Our lawyers are specializing in asbestos litigation, having successfully recovered over $1.4 billion for asbestos victims and their families. Please contact us at (205) 328-9200 and we will promptly evaluate your case and answer all your questions.