Wrongful death is defined as a death that results from the negligence of another. The death of a loved one is never easy, and the impact can be indescribable. The people who are left behind, such as close friends and family members, are often forever changed. While losing someone special is always extremely difficult to overcome, it can be especially emotional when the death was the direct result of an accident. Specifically, it can be difficult to cope knowing that a loved one’s death was due to one a preventable accident—one that could have been avoided if the individual at fault wasn’t negligent. If you lost a loved one in an accident, you may have already retained an attorney who will fight to get you and your family the justice that is deserved.
Calculating damages in a wrongful death case can be complex. After all, it is difficult to calculate a monetary value on a human life. Some of the factors that go into calculating a wrongful death settlement include:
- The victim’s income and earning capacity
- The victim’s age and health at the time of the death
- Whether the victim had people who were financially dependent on him/her
- Medical bills resulting from the accident/death
- Funeral costs
Wrongful death cases can result from a number of different incidents in which another individual may be found liable. For example, someone may die in an accident as the direct result of a careless driver. The other driver could have been speeding, texting while driving, or driving under the influence. Their negligent driving could have been the cause of the accident and the cause of an innocent motorist’s death.
In other cases, it could be an employer that’s found negligible in a wrongful death case. For instance, a construction worker may have a fatal on-the-job accident due to improper training or safety equipment that the employer should have provided. These are just some common examples of wrongful death cases, but these cases can arise from a number of different incidents. In fact, the number of unintentional injury deaths is staggering: the CDC reports that in just one recent year, there were 161,374 accidental deaths.
Waiting for a wrongful death lawsuit to finalize can be especially disheartening when you’re already dealing with the emotional trauma of losing someone you love. At USClaims, we offer pre-settlement funding, if a case is qualified for pre-settlement funding then we would purchase a portion of the proceeds of the anticipated court judgment or settlement for some cash now. USClaims only gets paid if a case is won or has reached a settlement! Apply now or call us today at 1-877-USCLAIMS to learn more.