What kind of settlement can I expect to get if I file a wrongful death claim?

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This question can have many different answers that will generally depend on the deceased person’s surviving family members. If the deceased contributed significantly to the household, the estate may be able to recover for future lost earnings the deceased would have received during their normal life expectancy. The claim can also recover damages based on the pre-death suffering experienced by the victim if they did not die right away.

If you are filing a wrongful death claim as a surviving spouse your settlement may include amounts for loss of consortium (loss of care, love and sex), loss of future financial contributions that were expected from the deceased. If you had children with the deceased damages can also include the loss of the parent-child relationship.

If you are filing a wrongful death claim on behalf of your deceased child as parents you may recover damages for the destruction of the loss of the parent-child relationship and loss of consortium (love and care).

It can be extremely difficult to determine how much a settlement should be in any case and it may be necessary to bring in experts that can help calculate the damages.