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Understanding Alaska's wrongful death laws

At the Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider, a Professional Corporation, in Alaska, we understand that when your loved one dies unexpectedly, you and other family members are left in a state of shock. You suffer a great deal of emotional pain and may suffer financial losses as well due to the death of your loved one.

If your loved one’s death was caused by someone’s negligence, such as by a drunk driver or a negligent health care professional, you have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against that person to recover compensation for your damages. As explained by the Alaska Court System, Alaska law allows you to sue for both economic and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages

Your economic damages are actual dollar amounts that you already have lost as a result of your loved one’s death, as well as those that you reasonably expect to lose in the future. Your economic losses may include the following:

  • Your medical and funeral expenses resulting from your loved one’s death
  • Your loss of past support that your loved one would have provided from the date of his or her death to the date of trial
  • Your loss of expected future support that your loved one would have provided from the date of trial to the end of his or her ordinary life expectancy
  • Your past and future loss of assistance or services that your loved one reasonably could have been expected to give you had he or she continued to live

Noneconomic damages

Your noneconomic damages are less specific than your economic damages, but have to do with the nonmonetary benefits you would have received during your loved one’s normal life expectancy. Your noneconomic losses may include loss of consortium; i.e., your loss of the society, comfort, care, protection, affection and companionship that your loved one would have given you had he or she continued to live. It also may include your loss of the advice, education and training that your loved one could have been expected to give you had he or she continued to live.

In a wrongful death lawsuit you must prove not only that your loved one died as the result of someone’s negligence, but also the amount of your losses. To learn more about this subject, please visit this page of our web site.


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