Compensation Challenges in Wrongful Death Cases

When a loved one dies because of someone else’s negligence, the emotional as well as financial toll can be devastating. At Vames, Wang & Sosa, we understand the gravity of wrongful death cases and the trauma that grieving families experience. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the legal challenges that confront people in these cases and how good legal representation can help you overcome them.


The Legal Framework

Wrongful death occurs when a person’s demise is caused by someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct. While laws vary by jurisdiction, they generally allow surviving family members to seek compensation on behalf of the deceased. 


Compensatory Damages

Compensatory damages in wrongful death cases can be classified as economic or non-economic. Economic damages typically include medical expenses, lost income, and funeral costs. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are less tangible and encompass things like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. 


The Complexity of Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages can be complex in wrongful death cases. Unlike economic damages, which can be objectively quantified, non-economic damages are subjective and often challenging to measure in monetary terms. Calculating the worth of intangible losses such as emotional distress or loss of companionship requires a nuanced approach.


Securing Fair Compensation

Given the complexities involved, securing fair compensation in wrongful death cases requires a strategic and compassionate approach. At Vames, Wang & Sosa, we prioritize the following steps to help grieving families navigate these challenges:


1. Thorough Case Evaluation

Our legal team conducts a comprehensive evaluation of each case, considering both economic and non-economic damages. We work closely with our clients to understand the unique aspects of their situation and tailor our approach accordingly.


2. Expert Witnesses

Expert witnesses can play a crucial role in such cases. Some can help establish that the at-fault party was negligent. Others can calculate the decedent’s economic damages – including loss of lifetime earnings and the future cost of support services, such as childcare. 


3. Documentation and Evidence

Strong documentation is key to building a compelling case. We assist our clients in gathering evidence, including medical records, witness statements, and any other relevant information that supports their claim for both economic and non-economic damages.


4. Negotiation and Mediation

Achieving a fair settlement often involves negotiation and, in some cases, litigation. Our legal team is skilled in navigating these processes to ensure our clients receive just compensation. If they do need to go to court to obtain justice, we are with them every step of the way. 



Compensation challenges in wrongful death cases, especially those involving non-economic damages, require a careful and compassionate approach. At Vames, Wang & Sosa, we recognize the unique difficulties faced by our clients in these situations and are committed to guiding them through the legal process with empathy. By understanding the complexities involved in calculating and obtaining fair compensation, we strive to provide the support and advocacy our clients need during these challenging times.


Our experienced team is dedicated to helping you navigate the intricacies of the legal system and secure fair compensation for your losses. With an empathetic approach and a track record of success, we understand the importance of addressing both economic and non-economic damages to ensure justice for you and your family. 


Depend on our team to stand up for your rights and assist you at every step of the legal proceedings. Contact us today for a confidential consultation and let us be your partners in seeking the compensation you deserve.

Emery Wang

Emery Wang

Emery Wang has been a lawyer in Oregon since 2009. While attending Lewis & Clark law school, Emery worked as a Multnomah County District Attorney, and since then has been a full time personal injury lawyer.

Vames, Wang & Sosa Injury Lawyers focus on vehicle crashes, personal injury, and first-party car accident insurance claims. They have offices located in Gresham and Hillsboro.

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