The death of a loved one can be devastating. In addition to the emotional turmoil that comes from the loss, the medical bills, and funeral expenses can be overwhelming. When the death of a loved one is the result of someone else’s fault (i.e., a wrongful death), you have legal options. In Utah, a wrongful death claim much be filed within two years from the date of death.
Our video helps explain what a wrongful death claim can be worth.
There's no set standard or set value for what a wrongful death case is worth, it's unique to each case and it's something that we need to evaluate on a case by case basis, looking at what are the types of damages that are recoverable in that particular case. In Utah, we had economic damages and noneconomic damages.
The economic damages would include, funeral expenses, medical bills. We also claim the loss of financial support if someone left a surviving spouse or minor dependent children and the person who died was the breadwinner for the family in claiming those losses and that would elevate the value of the claim.
There's also the non-economic damages that are available to each of the heirs and this is something that would be separate for each one of them. It's based on the loss of the relationship of the person who died and so about something we have looked at as how close were they? What are their ages? How often do they seem to value the non-economic damages?