The loss of a loved one often inflicts unimaginable grief and suffering on their family members, not to mention the added financial burden imposed by their death.
If their death was a result of the negligent action of another party, you might be able to recover damages from the responsible party through a lawsuit.
While money will not bring your loved one back, it can help you and your family stay afloat while you grieve your loss and get on your feet.
Let Peerali Law handle your claim.
We can walk you through the process of a lawsuit and answer any questions you have about wrongful death settlements in California.
What Is the Average Settlement in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Most people cannot begin to assign a dollar value to their loved one’s life, which makes calculating the value of a claim even more complicated.
A wrongful death suit aims to compensate certain family members for costs associated with losing their loved one.
Because every family is different, the value of a claim will vary on a case-by-case basis. Many factors can impact average verdicts and settlements in wrongful death suits.
Thus, when it comes to settlements, an average is nearly impossible to calculate.
Our skilled team of lawyers can help you calculate the value of your claim. We will not rest until we know that your settlement offer fully compensates you for all of your losses.
Wrongful Death Settlements: Average in California
In California, damages are separated into two categories of tangible losses and intangible losses.
Tangible losses—also called economic damages—include direct financial consequences suffered as a result of your loved one’s death, such as the following:
- The estimated amount of income and benefits the decedent would have earned in their lifetime;
- Value of household services like cleaning, cooking, childcare, or landscaping;
- Loss of future financial support;
- Funeral costs; and
- Loss of gifts or benefits.
Some of these determinations require speculation because they have not happened.
We can consult with various occupational and economic experts to ascertain the value of your wrongful death claim.
California also recognizes the intangible losses—also called non-economic damage—that result from losing a loved one.
Thus, you can also claim compensation for the loss of the following:
- Moral support,
- Companionship, or
These losses are more challenging to calculate because there are no receipts, invoices, or pay stubs to consult.
We have the resources necessary to secure an expert to ensure you receive a fair settlement offer.
Contact Peerali Law to Discuss Average Settlements for Wrongful Death Suits
The unexpected loss of a loved one can understandably lead to feelings of anger, stress, and confusion.
You should not have to worry about your lawsuit while you process these feelings.
At Peerali Law, we will handle your case from the initial consultation all the way through trial if necessary.
We will stand by your side every step of the way and fight to ensure you receive a fair verdict or settlement.