As a law firm, we are often asked how much is the average wrongful death settlement? Unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to determining the average wrongful death settlement amount. Many factors have to be considered including the manner of death, the circumstances involved, the medical bills incurred, funeral expenses, etc. Determining the amount that is owed to a loved one or dependent for a person’s wrongful death is not an exact science. We compiled the various aspects that need to be taken into account in order to accurately determine the amount of a wrongful death settlement.
The Deceased’s Medical Expenses
Any medical expenses incurred as a result of the wrongful death (such as surgeries, hospital stays, etc) will be considered when determining the amount owed for a wrongful death settlement. This is because without the wrongful act of the other person or entity that caused the death, those medical expenses would not have been necessary. The receipts, and any other documentation, will need to be saved in order to justify the amount being requested.
Whether it be a funeral or cremation, the expenses incurred from putting your loved one to rest obviously would not have been necessary without their death. Theses expenses will definitely be considered when coming up with the amount of the wrongful death settlement. Making arrangements for the final resting place of a loved one can be an expensive and emotional process, we’re here to fight for you to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Additional Expenses Considered
There are other expenses that the court will often consider in a wrongful death settlement that might not be so obvious. Loss of income is a major consideration when a wrongful death takes the life of a main income earner in a household with children or other dependents. Damages for pain and suffering are also sometimes considered depending on the circumstances. Spousal support and family support are also independent factors to be considered outside just the loss of income.
The exact amount of a wrongful death settlement depends largely upon the circumstances of each individual situation. If you believe that you have experience a wrongful death of a family member or someone you know, don’t hesitate to contact our office. There is a statute of limitations on the amount of time you have to file a wrongful death claim, and we want to make sure you are protected.