There is no clear-cut answer on what the average wrongful death settlement is as it is subjective to each situation. Each situation has different circumstances that affect the dollar amount that is owed in the event of wrongful death. The expenses incurred as a result of the death, as well as the missing income that comes from a person’s death, are factors that largely determine the outcome of the settlement. There are some costs that are fairly standard in every wrongful death case and we laid them out here to help give an idea of the average wrongful death settlement.
The final medical expenses incurred before a person passes away are typically taken into account when determining a settlement. The medical expenses will need to be as a result of the injuries or procedures that lead to the wrongful death. Essentially it must be shown that without the event, the medical expenses in question would not have occurred.
Making final arrangements for a loved one can be expensive, depending upon their final resting place. The costs incurred for the funeral, burial, cremation, etc. are all costs that otherwise would not have been necessary but for the wrongful death. These expenses are usually considered when it comes to issuing a settlement.
Depending upon the circumstances, there are other expenses that could be considered when determining a settlement amount. These expenses can include damages owed for pain and suffering, loss of income, loss of family support if there are dependents, spousal support, etc. There are also considerations made for responsibilities that the deceased would have taken care of had they been alive. These contributions that are now absent due to the person’s death must be taken into account.
While the average wrongful death settlement ranges on a case-by-case basis, it is usually a figure that allows the loved ones and dependents of the deceased to continue living the same type of lifestyle as before the person passed away. If you or someone you know has experienced the wrongful death of a loved one, it is important to know what legal rights are afforded to them. Contact our office today for a consultation to ensure that you receive all necessary compensation in your wrongful death settlement.