How much is my wrongful death case worth?
This is a tricky question.
First, we must establish that there is a valid wrongful death claim, meaning the following burdens have been met:
Next, we must determine that there are survivors who are eligible to file the claim:
Finally, and probably most crucially, is determining whether or not the defendant has the means to pay a settlement or judgement. Let’s say the defendant is a business or large corporation with insurance and assets. It is likely that a settlement can be reached or a judgement awarded and paid to survivors on the decedent’s behalf. If, however, the defendant is a lone individual with no insurance or assets, the pursuit of a claim may not be advisable as the chances for obtaining compensation are nearly impossible based upon the defendant’s resources. Even when the individual has insurance, there are limits to the policy.
The intricacies of these cases require legal counsel adept and experienced at navigating the laws surrounding wrongful death and the avenues available for recovery with the parameters of the law.