It is difficult to determine how much your wrongful death claim might be worth. In fact, it is impossible to pinpoint the exact dollar value of any lawsuit. Every injury and case is different. However, there are several factors that can greatly affect the potential value of a wrongful death claim.
Before you settle your lawsuit, speak with the attorneys at the Montero Law Center to make sure you and your family are getting full and fair compensation. Our attorneys will sit down with you face-to-face and review your wrongful death claim. We will ensure that your family gets the highest settlement amount possible and ensure it includes both economic and noneconomic damages.
What should my wrongful death settlement include?
The most common factors that affect the value of your wrongful death claim include:
Medical Costs: Your wrongful death lawsuit should cover the full cost of medical expenses cause by the accident. This includes doctor’s office bills, the cost of surgeries and medications (both prescription and over-the-counter), ambulance or life-flight bills, and any other medical expenses accrued.
Loss of Income: If your loved one supported you or your family members, a wrongful death lawsuit can compensate you for that lost support. You can recover what your loved one would have contributed had the accident not occurred. You can also recover compensation for loss of services (e.g., childcare, housekeeping, yardwork, etc.) and support.
Property Damage: If the accident that caused your family member’s death also damaged or destroyed valuable property, such as a house or automobile, the wrongful death lawsuit should also compensate family members for repair or replacement costs.
Pain and Suffering: You can also recover compensation for pain and suffering you or your loved ones experienced. This might include mental anguish, anxiety, depression, or lost quality of life.
Funeral Expenses: You can also recover compensation for reasonable funeral expenses, such as the cost of the burial, the casket, and the services.
Loss of Consortium: If you lost a family member because of another person’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for loss of consortium. Typically, this covers the loss of love and companionship from a close family member, such as a spouse.
Punitive Damages: If the jury believes that the negligent party caused your loved one’s death through willful conduct or with blatant disregard for the safety of others, you and your family may be entitled to punitive damages. These types of damages are generally very high. Punitive damages might be available in assault or drunk driving cases.
No family should have to go through this process alone. To speak with an attorney about how much your case is worth or for help filing a claim, contact the Fort Lauderdale wrongful death attorneys at Montero Law Center at 954-767-6500 to set up your initial consultation.