Heirs of a person killed by wrongful conduct are entitled to compensation.
A person who dies is referred to as a “decedent” in the law. If a person is killed because of the wrongful conduct of a person, business, or governmental entity, the heirs of the decedent may file a wrongful death action against those responsible for the death.
This area of the law is governed by statute and varies from state to state. In Idaho the wrongful death statutes limit the amount of non-economic damages that can be recovered. Idaho law prohibits recovery for grief or sorrow or pain or suffering of the decedent prior to death, but it does allow for the reasonable value of the loss of the decedent’s services, training, comfort, conjugal relationship, and society. The law also allows for the recovery of economic damages such as loss of financial support from the decedent. When representing heirs in a wrongful death case in Idaho it is critical to understand the wrongful death law and the proof needed to prove damages.
Walt has successfully recovered millions of dollars for heirs of decedents.