The unexpected death of a loved one can bring on a lot of feelings. When a child or someone elderly is the victim, those feelings might be magnified. In some cases, the death is the result of someone’s negligence. This might lead to a wrongful death claim being made.
Wrongful death claims for children and the elderly are a little different than a claim for a person who is currently employed. This is because a child or an elderly person isn’t likely going to have an easy-to-determine future financial contribution to consider.
There are many different things that come into the picture. For an elderly person, the recovery potential is likely going to be limited. They probably don’t have any children who need to turn to them for financial support, which is one of the limiting factors. Their adult children likely aren’t going to need guidance on the same level as a child.
When a child is the one who passes away, the parents can only seek compensation for their financial loss. This might seem like a minuscule amount, but it isn’t a lost cause because there might be more than a financial motivation for seeking compensation.
In the case of an elderly person or a child, seeking compensation might be more a way to get the point across about people being responsible for their actions. The claim for compensation might be a way to send a message that what happened wasn’t an acceptable event. It might also be a way that the people mourning the loss of their loved one can find closure for a very difficult situation.
Source: FindLaw, “Wrongful Death Cases: Children and the Elderly,” accessed Oct. 19, 2017