Pursuing a wrongful death case allows you to obtain compensation for both economic and non-financial losses caused by the untimely death. Wrongful death cases can be complicated. It is hard to cope with legal issues when dealing with grief. Broussard & Hart L.LC. understands what you are going through and is here to help. With more than 30 years of legal experience representing clients in wrongful death cases, we have the knowledge, compassion and legal skills to represent you through this tragic time. Contact us today to speak with an experienced wrongful death lawyer about how we can assist in getting full and fair compensation for your tremendous loss.
What are Your Rights in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
There is no amount of money that can ever undo the grief and loss caused by the death of someone you love. Still, an untimely death can wreak havoc on you financially, as well as emotionally. Aside from medical and funeral expenses, you may suffer a loss of household income.
Recovering compensation for the death of a family member is your legal right if someone was to blame for the death. However, to prove entitlement to wrongful death damages, you must show that your loved one’s death was caused by the negligence of a person, company or agency. The specifics of what you have to prove vary depending upon how the death occurred, and it can be complicated to determine how to make your case. We have a team of legal professionals and investigators who are prepared to help make the strongest claim possible so you can get the damages you deserve.
When you make a successful wrongful death claim, you should be compensated for:
- All medical expenditures incurred to treat the deceased’s injuries
- Funeral expenses.
- Loss of the income the deceased would have earned during the rest of his life
- Loss of companionship
Estimating wrongful death damages is difficult, but these types of cases often result in large settlements and verdicts because the loss is so extensive. Let Broussard & Hart L.L.C. negotiate a settlement on your behalf or help prove your damages to a jury so you can get full and fair compensation under the law.
What factors are taken into account when determining compensation for a wrongful death claim?
Who is Entitled to Compensation?
Only specific people are entitled to compensation. Survivors may include the following individuals (in order of priority):
- Spouse and children
What Type of Damages are Covered?
The legal survivor may be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages may include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills incurred by the decedent prior to death
- Lost wages and benefits
- Value of household services
Non-economic damages include the pain and suffering of the decedent from the time of the injury until death and the loss of care, companionship, guidance, and emotional support suffered by the survivors.
Some damages are easily calculated while others are subjective in a nature and are, therefore, more difficult to value. Hospital bills and funeral expenses, for example, are things for which you will have a bill or receipt whereas the value of the “loss of care, companionship, guidance, and emotional support” is not something for which you will have tangible proof of the value. As such, the non-economic portion of a wrongful death award or settlement is more difficult to value. Some factors that will typically be considered when evaluating the value of your claim may include:
- Your relationship with the decedent. The loss of a child or spouse is generally considered to have a larger impact than that of a distant relative, for example. In any case, the quality of the relationship will play an important role regardless of the decedent.
- The length of your relationship. If you are a spouse and were only married for a month typically your claim isn’t going to be as strong as if you had been married for 20 years.
- The extent to which the decedent provided for you when alive – if you are a sibling, for example, you likely received little or no financial support from the decedent.
- The decedent’s education and earning ability – how much the decedent earned while alive clearly impacts what he/she would have contributed to your support had he/she lived.
- The decedent’s health and life expectancy prior to death – a young healthy decedent could have contributed more to a survivor had he/she lived compared to an older/ill decedent.
Get Legal Help
It is hard to think about legal issues after someone you love has been killed, but you need to protect your financial future. Because of the numerous variables and factors that go into determining the value of a wrongful death claim, it is always best to consult with an experienced attorney. Contact Broussard & Hart, LLC by calling 337-439-2450 to schedule your appointment today to discuss your potential claim. Our law firm has recovered more than $100 million in damages for injured clients and for those who have lost loved ones.
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