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$7 Million Automobile Accident
$3.7 Million Slip and Fall
$3.5 Million Motorcycle Accident
$2.5 Million Pedestrian Accident

How Much Is My Wrongful Death Case Worth?

If you’re facing an uncertain financial future due to the sudden loss of a loved one, it’s tempting to accept the first settlement offer from the insurance company. But if you sign a release and find out later that the settlement was unfair or too low to cover your losses, you won’t be able to seek further compensation.

Our Jensen Beach wrongful death attorneys can perform a detailed investigation to identify the kinds of damages that might be available and calculate a fair settlement amount. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to estimate the potential value of your claim until we’ve assessed the relevant facts and evidence. Until then, you may find it helpful to know the factors that could influence the settlement calculations, which include:

  • The Value of Lost Income and Benefits: Your claim can account for any income and benefits the decedent would have earned had the accident not happened.
  • Whether Your Loved One Temporarily Survived the Accident: If your loved one temporarily survived the accident, it may be possible to seek compensation for medical bills and other damages incurred between the accident and death.
  • Whether Property Damage and Other Costs Were Incurred: If your family member died in a car accident, for example, you can pursue compensation for the costs of repairing or replacing the vehicle.
Can I Use Social Media While My Claim Is Pending?

There are many sources of evidence an insurance adjuster might use to dispute your claim. Besides the police report, medical records, and other documentation, the adjuster might review your social media accounts and perhaps those of the deceased to find evidence that can be used to dispute liability.

For instance, if the deceased was out drinking on the night of the accident and posted photos that prove as much, those images may be used to argue that the deceased was partially liable. This could ultimately reduce the amount of compensation that can be recovered.

While social media is a popular channel for providing support to grieving loved ones, it’s important that you’re careful about your online activity until the resolution of your case. The best way to eliminate the risk is to disable your social media accounts and those of the deceased until the conclusion of the claim.

Mistakes That Might Harm Your Wrongful Death Claim

Our Jensen Beach wrongful death lawyers can prevent you from making critical mistakes that might lead to a dispute or delay. During your free initial consultation, we’ll discuss the steps you should take and the errors you must avoid to increase the chances of recovering a fair settlement.

Below are just a few mistakes to avoid during the proceedings:

  • Giving a recorded statement to anyone affiliated with the insurance company;
  • Failing to track damages like funeral and burial expenses;
  • Failing to keep a journal about the personal impacts the death is having on you and your loved ones; or
  • Threatening the party who is liable for the death.
What Our Clients Say
The attorneys at Donaldson & Weston helped me get an amazing result on my case. Obviously I’ve been through a lot physically but I feel better now and the money really helped my family. When I was riding my bicycle I was hit by a truck that wasn't paying attention. I am not the suing type, but I would definitely hire this firm again. - M.P.
After my accident, i felt like I was being pulled in a bunch of different directions. I really didn't know what to do and all I wanted was someone to shoot me straight. The lawyers at the firm were so honest and definitely pointed me in the right direction. The staff was professional. I think it’s great that only attorneys work on my case, it definitely made me feel comfortable - D.L.
After my accident happened I waited to hear back from the insurance company for about 6 months. I just felt like they kept jerking me around. They even told me not to hire an attorney because it would mean less money in my pocket. I couldn't wait any longer because my bills were out of hand. I hired this firm and they were solid. I got a great result without having to go to court. - S.C.