In a wrongful death claim, the family members of the person who lost their life are often able to collect a number of damages, ranging from medical bills and lost wages to punitive damages in certain cases. One additional component both North Carolina and Virginia allow in wrongful death cases is “Loss of Society.” “Loss of Society” is defined as companionship, comfort, guidance, kindly offices and advice of the decedent.” This is an award for the emotional care and companionship the decedent would have given to the beneficiaries. It also includes the emotional sorrow of the family members of the decedent – their anguish, their grief.
Loss of society is proved through the testimony of the witnesses, family and friends. It can sometimes also be proven through the testimony of psychologists and psychiatrists. Loss of society applies for instance, as to the relationship between the child and parent. With the parent removed from the family unit due to sudden death caused by the defendant, there is a tremendous loss of the guidance and comfort that the parent would likely have provided in all areas of the child’s life. This is particularly true during the child’s most impressionable years. Loss of society is also relevant as to many other beneficiaries, such as additional blood relative relationships and marriage relationships.
In the event a loved one has been taken from you due to someone or some company’s negligence, we can help the beneficiaries determine the best way to prove loss of society in North Carolina or Virginia.
When you have lost a loved one through the wrongful or negligent act of someone else, in North Carolina or Virginia, get in touch with an attorney to discuss your legal options.
If you need help with a wrongful death lawsuit in North Carolina and Virginia, make sure you get in touch with us online or call Wrongful Death Lawyer Joe Miller at 888-694-1671 to get the guidance and help that you need.