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What is a normal settlement amount?

Insurance companies pay settlements because they have no other alternative, not because it is the right thing to do.  The proper value of a claim is established when an experienced trial attorney reviews and interprets the case information, such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of past income
  • Future medical bills
  • The client’s age
  • Permanent limitations you now have
  • Impact on your future earning capacity
  • Activities you no longer do
  • Activities you do but no longer enjoy
  • Prognosis for further problems
  • Strength of lay witness testimony, etc.

A good attorney begins with one goal in mind—what a reasonable jury would award as fair and adequate compensation, but there is no set or average amount.

Should we provide statements to an insurance company without an attorney’s help?

The more significant the injuries, the more consideration should be given to consulting with an attorney before providing any information to an insurance company.  Without legal representation, any information given regarding the facts and circumstances surrounding the case may come back to haunt the injured party at a later date.  Identifying information, such as names, addresses, and so on, can be provided without risk.

What is “wrongful death?”

The idea behind a wrongful death lawsuit is that the wrongful death, in addition to injuring the person who died, also injures people who depended upon the deceased for financial or emotional support.  The wrongful act may be:

  • A negligent or careless act such as careless driving
  • A reckless act, such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • An intentional act such as a deliberate murder.

Almost every state has enacted a statute permitting a lawsuit to be brought by the relatives of a person who died as a result of a wrongful act.

Who can sue for wrongful death?

In Florida, those who can sue for a wrongful death include the surviving spouse, minor children or all children (depending on the circumstances of the family), and the surviving parent.  Each survivor may seek to recover compensation for lost support and services, lost parental companionship, instruction and guidance, and for mental pain and suffering, medical and funeral expenses, and loss of projected accumulation of assets to an estate.

For a precise answer for your circumstance, contact a Florida attorney.

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