How to Calculate the Value of a Drunk Driving Wrongful Death Case
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If you have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, you and your family may be entitled to significant compensation for medical bills, funeral and burial costs, lost income and benefits, pain and suffering, and many other types of damages.
When pursuing a wrongful death claim after a drunk driving accident, though, it is important to understand the number of different factors that are used to determine the value of your claim.
What Is My Claim Worth?
Placing a financial value on the life of a loved one is a near impossible task. Every human life is priceless, thus it’s important to use the facts of your situation to come up with a solid value for your claim. A large variety of factors can be used to do this, including:
- The age of the deceased person;
- Their income at the time of death;
- Their future earning potential;
- Any specialized education and training that they have;
- The financial circumstances of their loved ones after the deceased’s death; and
- Medical bills and other expenses incurred due to the death.
In addition to the above factors, many states have specific statutes that govern how certain wrongful death cases are valued. This may be particularly true in the case of a drunk driving death.
If this is the case where you live, it may be important to consider consulting an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to help you navigate the specifics of the statutes and ensure that your claim is valued correctly.
How Insurers and Juries Respond
Even if you haven’t yet resorted to filing a lawsuit, the way a jury might perceive the factors of your claim is important. With this is mind, know that insurance companies recognize that drunk driving is rightly looked at as abhorrent behavior by most Americans. Most people recognize that a drunk driving death is one of the most preventable deaths and may feel inclined to punish the driver.
Much of the value of your claim must rest on specific data. However, there is a subjective component in the calculation. This subjectivity manifests when the jury attempts to value the life of the deceased against the nature of the death and the pain caused by the accident.
Drunk driving deaths are particularly likely to evoke strong emotions in the mind of the jury. Typically, members of the jury are outraged by the reckless and easily preventable behavior of the drunk driver. Insurance companies know this and want to avoid taking a drunk driving wrongful death case in front of a jury. You may be able to use this to your advantage and insist that the insurance company increase their settlement offer proportionately.
Our Drunk Driving Wrongful Death Lawyers Can Help Your Family
It is nearly impossible, not to mention unethical, for any attorney to guarantee you any settlement amount in your wrongful death case. Each case is unique, and settlement value is determined according to many different factors. Minor distinctions in available evidence can be the difference in tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
While we can’t guarantee you a settlement amount, the nationwide wrongful death attorneys at Zinda Law Group are experienced in these types of cases and are capable of helping you seek the compensation you deserve to make sure that your loved ones are provided for.
If you have lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with one of our experienced drunk driving wrongful death attorneys.
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