Wrongful death suits are an extremely tragic form of litigation that can result from a wide variety of cases, everything from auto accidents to police shootings. Since the amount awarded in wrongful death settlements is dependent on a very large and diverse amount of factors, it is very important to have a law firm that specializes in personal injury and wrongful death on your side from the get go. The average wrongful death settlement ranges from small amounts to millions of dollars, depending on many different variables, the right attorney being one of the main ones.
What Determines the Settlement Amount in a Wrongful Death Case?
Because wrongful death settlements are usually awarded to the grieving spouse and family of the deceased, one of the main factors involved in determining the amount of settlement is how much the person contributed financially to the household in terms of net income. Another key factor in a wrongful death suit is negligence, which is what comprises the “wrongful” aspect of the charge. The amount of negligence that was involved in the incident can dramatically affect the amount of damages that can be recovered, especially if it is found that the negligence was not only on the part of an agent but of the larger company or organization that the agent represented. However, negligence on the part of the deceased, known as contributory negligence, can also be a factor in deciding how much monetary compensation their families are entitled to in a wrongful death case.
How Much Can I Recover in a Wrongful Death Suit?
Because we specialize in personal injury and wrongful death cases, Ashenden Law has an excellent track record in terms of retrieving the maximum settlement for our clients. Take a look at some of our case studies and see that we have been able to win several settlements of over $US 1 million for our clients in wrongful death suits. The amount you can recover if a loved one dies as a result of negligence varies greatly depending on circumstance, so contact us right away at (770) 394-8909 for a free consultation about your case and the many ways we can help you get the best settlement possible.