No matter how it happens, wrongful death is a devastating outcome of any accident. When you get the call that a loved one has unexpectedly died, your whole world turns upside down. Unfortunately, the needs and costs around a wrongful death demand a lot of attention in a time of intense grief.
Understanding the costs ahead of you may help you navigate this situation despite how overwhelming it may feel.
Hospitals and funerals
Many accidents do not result in an immediate death and healthcare professionals do their best to provide life-saving operations. This may involve expensive ambulance transit, emergency surgery or intensive recovery methods that do not pan out. It all comes with a cost that runs in the thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The funeral that follows likewise has costs attached. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the median cost of a funeral in 2020 was $7,848. However, this also depends on the region providing a funeral. Funerals in Virginia and the South Atlantic region hovered between $7,070 and $7,800 depending on whether a family opts for cremation or burial.
Compensation and solutions
It is often difficult to untangle the details of an accidental death. So many factors go wrong all at once and there are many complications when determining who or what caused things.
When working through these details, it is important to learn more about your unique situation. There is information available to help figure out what costs may qualify for a wrongful death case as well.