Many factors contribute to determining the value of a wrongful death settlement, and no two accident cases are the same. For this reason, it is difficult to calculate an average settlement in a Louisiana wrongful death claim.
What is important is that you know what a fair and just settlement might look like based on the facts of your family’s case. This knowledge will help you avoid settling for less than you deserve. Our team wants to help you understand the value of your case and fight for fair compensation from the party responsible.
What Contributes to the Potential Value of a Wrongful Death Settlement in Louisiana?
There is no such thing as an average wrongful death settlement because of the many ways each case differs. Several factors contribute to the value of a settlement based on a wrongful death claim. These include:
The Facts of the Case
The details of what happened and the strength of the evidence against the at-fault party are crucial to the potential value of a wrongful death case. A strong case against someone who acted recklessly or intentionally will likely bring more money and could support additional types of recoverable damages, such as punitive damages.
The Value of Your Incurred Expenses
The money your family had to pay because of your loved one’s death is generally recoverable as long as you have receipts, bills, or other documentation as supporting evidence. This includes almost anything you paid or will need to pay, such as funeral costs and outstanding medical bills.
The Family’s Current and Future Losses
You will also seek compensation for the financial losses your family has and will experience. This includes the loss of your loved one’s income and the costs related to hiring someone to complete the services they previously handled. Examples include childcare and household upkeep.
The Intangible Damages You’ve Suffered
Losing a loved one is much more than an economic hardship. Each member of your family suffered intangible losses, as well. You can seek damages based on loss of things like companionship, consortium, and parental guidance. An attorney from our team will help you put a value on them.
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A Wrongful Death Attorney will Help Estimate the Value of Your Claim
When you work with a lawyer from our firm to pursue wrongful death damages, they will help you collect the evidence necessary to determine a fair settlement value for the claim. This could include:
- Receipts for your loved one’s funeral and burial expenses
- Any outstanding medical bills
- Documentation of your reduced household income and future economic losses
- Invoices or other proof of necessary services usually handled by your loved one
They will also put a value on the intangible losses suffered. Putting a just value range on your claim before settlement negotiations begin will allow you to better understand when you should accept an offer and how to counter-offer.
Unless you know how much your case is worth based on an analysis of the unique losses and expenses you incurred, there is no way to know if a settlement offer appropriately compensates your family.
An Attorney Can Help You File Your Wrongful Death Claim before the Statutes Run Out
Our wrongful death attorneys help families who lost loved ones in Louisiana. We will be able to review your case for free and offer some guidance on what to do next. In general, if you can show that your spouse, parent, or child died because of another party’s negligence, you may be able to recover money damages through:
- A wrongful death case under CC §2315.2
- A survival action, which recovers your deceased loved one’s losses, under CC §2315.1
Our attorneys also handle settlement negotiations and lawsuits based on contingency, so your financial situation will not interfere with your ability to seek justice. You should not have to pay anything upfront to get started on your case. Instead, we agree to take a portion of the total payout we recover on your behalf. If we do not win compensation for you, you owe nothing for our services.
Generally, there is a one-year deadline on this type of legal action under CC §3492 in Louisiana. There are exceptions to this statute that could extend or reduce your time, however. We encourage you to reach out for help as soon as possible to discuss your options.
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The team from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers has someone standing by to discuss your loved one’s death and your legal options with you for free today.
We provide complimentary consultations so you can get answers to your questions, learn your rights, and discuss your services with our team. Call today to get started. You can reach us.