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.
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.