How Will I Pay for a Funeral After a Wrongful Death?

Mar 26, 2018 Legal Blog    Ohio Personal Injury    Wrongful Death

Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC

It is tragic to lose someone you love. This tragedy can be even more difficult to cope with when you know that your loved one lost their life as a result of someone else’s negligence. If you have lost a close family member, you are likely focused on the emotional pain and may have overlooked the financial burdens you have been left with.

Funerals can be quite costly, and you should not have to pay for your loved one’s services when their death was caused by another person’s negligent actions. Fortunately, you can recover funeral expenses by filing a wrongful death claim.

For experienced legal assistance with filing a wrongful death claim and recovering funeral expenses, reach out to an Ohio wrongful death lawyer from Kisling, Nestico & Redick today. Contact us at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free case consultation.

Cost of an Average Funeral

The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) states that the average funeral cost with a viewing and burial for 2017 was $8,755. It is important to understand that this average cost is based on the most commonly selected items for funerals such as a vault and casket.

This cost does not include cemetery costs such as a grave marker, grave space, and the opening and closing of the grave. These cemetery costs can add at least $2,000 or more to the total cost of the funeral.

What Funeral Expenses Can Be Recovered in a Wrongful Death Claim?

There are a variety of funeral expenses you may be able to recover in a wrongful death claim. These expenses include:

  • Basic funeral services fees
  • Obtaining a death certificate
  • The urn or casket
  • Tombstone
  • Rental of the funeral home
  • Flowers
  • Printed materials
  • Vehicle rental for procession

How to Recover Funeral Expenses

If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence and would like to recover funeral expenses, the first step is to contact a wrongful death lawyer. They can guide you through the process of filing a wrongful death claim and help you hold the party accountable for your loved one’s loss by proving their careless actions caused your loved one’s passing, and they must be held accountable and pay for the funeral and burial expenses. 



Other Recoverable Damages in Wrongful Death Claims

In addition to recovering funeral expenses, you may be able to recover these other types of damages in a wrongful death claim:

  • Medical bills
  • Loss of future earnings and benefits
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium

While a wrongful death claim and compensation cannot bring your loved one back, it can help you and your family recover from your tragic loss and provide for your future needs. When successful, a wrongful death claim can provide you with the following:

  • Financial relief – A loved one’s death can leave you with serous financial troubles, especially if you depended on their wages and services. A wrongful death claim can provide you with financial relief.
  • Emotional closure – A wrongful death claim can help you receive justice which may reduce the psychological suffering you are facing as a surviving family member.

Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer Today

The Ohio wrongful death lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick are well-versed in wrongful death laws and can help make paying for your loved one’s funeral and burial easier by helping you obtain the financial security you need through a wrongful death claim filed against the responsible party. Contact us at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a consultation today.