Wrongful death is legally defined as the death of an individual caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another person. As a spouse or an immediate family member, you may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one by hiring a Staten Island personal injury lawyer to help you file a wrongful death action.
All states have wrongful death statutes that govern who may make a claim for the wrongful death of another and what damages they may recover. Generally, the majority of insurers use certain common factors to evaluate a wrongful death claim.
Three of the most common factors insurers may use to evaluate a wrongful death lawsuit include:
- Sex of the deceased. The sex of the deceased victim serves as an index to future earnings in many cases, particularly used in conjunction with education, training, and job or profession.
- Age of the deceased. The age of the deceased (also referred to as their life expectancy) influences the value of potential future earnings. Typically, the younger the decedent, the longer wage earning period remains at death and the more monetary compensation the loved ones are entitled to.
- Occupation and earnings. A decedent’s earnings history and future prospects had death not intervened also plays a major factor in evaluating a wrongful death claim.
- As experienced Staten Island personal injury lawyers, we know how to properly evaluate your situation and determine whether you can bring a wrongful death claim and how much damages you may be entitled to.
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If you have lost a loved one due to a wrongful death, the Staten Island personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Please contact us toll-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800 WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). We can also help with wrongful death claims in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida.
If you lost a loved one in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case. Other toll-free phone numbers for us include: 1-800-RADIO-LAW, 1-888-WYPADEK, or 1-800-LAS-LEYES. Please visit us at www.Work4YouLaw.com.