What Kind of Compensation Can a Family Obtain in a Nebraska Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

September 30, 2019 Wrongful Death

A Nebraska wrongful death lawsuit is a claim for monetary damages against an individual or corporation who caused another person’s death through negligence. Wrongful death lawsuits are often brought by the family against anyone who negligently caused a death. This can include drivers, trucking companies,  product manufacturers, and their insurance carriers. Calculating the compensation one can get from a wrongful death lawsuit is quite difficult and requires the expertise of a seasoned Omaha wrongful death lawyer

What Are The Most Common Scenarios For A Wrongful Death Case?

Wrongful death cases are when there is evidence that the death would not have occurred if someone else had not acted in a negligent or dangerous way. If there is evidence that the person who caused the death-causing event was negligent, then the wrongful death case is likely to proceed. Wrongful death lawsuits can be brought against drivers who disobey traffic laws, for example.

How is a Wrongful Death Settlement in Nebraska Determined?

While it can seem difficult to put a monetary value on the life of someone that you loved, determining the compensation a family can obtain for a Nebraska wrongful death lawsuit requires a frank discussion and dissection:

  • How old the person was at the time of death;
  • The deceased’s earning capacity;
  • How healthy the person was;
  • The age and circumstances of the deceased’s dependents;
  • Education and training of the deceased;
  • Funeral and burial expenses;
  • Value of lost benefits;
  • Medical bills and other expenses

The damages have to be explicitly stated and supported by objective evidence. An experienced lawyer can help to formulate a clear case and get your family the compensation that you deserve.

How Do Families Get Compensation In A Nebraska Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Wrongful death settlements are typically paid to the family by the insurance companies who provide liability coverage to the person (or company) that caused the death. Insurance policies will have a policy limit amount. Typically, corporate defendants, trucking companies for example will have umbrella coverages far larger than those carried by individuals. 

What If The Family Disagrees With The Settlement offer?

If no settlement offer is made, or you are not willing to accept a  settlement offer, you can then proceed to trial and prove your case regarding damages and the amount of compensation that justice requires. Trial of a wrongful death case requires a lawyer skilled at gathering and presenting the evidence a jury will need to fully value what has been taken from you with the death of your loved one.

How Can a Wrongful Death Lawyer Help?

An experienced Omaha injury attorney will be familiar with cases that are similar to yours and will assist in reviewing your case.  A wrongful death attorney will be able to answer any questions you may have, deal directly with the insurance companies, help take the stress and pressure off of your shoulders, provide you with peace of mind, and ensure that you are treated fairly. 

If your case proceeds to trial in Nebraska, a good wrongful death lawyer will know how to effectively present your case to the court. While there is no attorney who can guarantee a successful result in every case, your family’s chances of recovering damages are significantly improved if you seek professional legal advice.

Contact Our Wrongful Death Lawyer Today

If someone that you love has passed away and you think it was the result of the negligence of someone else, you should contact an attorney today to discuss the case. Contact us today, and we will immediately start working for you and looking into your claim. You can either give us a call at (402) 558-4900 or fill out the contact form and we will be in touch.