When a person dies a wrongful death, the damage to their family extends beyond the immediate loss of a loved one. It can also affect their sustenance and lifestyle if the wrongful death victim was their main source of income.
Fortunately, families of the victim may seek compensation for their deceased loved one’s potential earnings to ensure financial stability amidst their grief. However, seeking damages for lost future income is complex and requires an adequate understanding of the law and the claiming process.
Why does the law allow it?
Tennessee wrongful death laws allow victims’ families to seek damages for several economic damages, such as loss of future income, to place them in the same financial position they would have been in had the accident not occurred.
If you and your family heavily relied on the deceased’s earnings to cover your household expenses and maintain your lifestyle, then the party responsible for the wrongful death should be accountable to cover that loss.
How can you prove it?
Since it is an economic damage, you can prove the loss of future income through your deceased loved one’s income documents, such as pay slips, income tax returns or a document from their employe certifying their wages. Through these records, you will also be able to calculate the actual or at least approximate amount of the future income loss.
Build a solid case
It is important to hold responsible parties accountable for your loved one’s wrongful death. To do so, you must establish their liability, starting with gathering evidence and having the resources necessary to fully investigate the incident. Seeking assistance from a skilled legal representative can help you achieve this goal.