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I recently lost a loved one due to a drunk driving accident, and I will be filing a Green Bay wrongful death lawsuit. What factors will determine the compensation for future earnings?

A tragic loss due to an accident involving a drunk driver can be devastating. Losing a loved one can bring on many emotions like anger, sadness, confusion, and depression. A wrongful death in Wisconsin also effects the victims loved ones’ finances as well.

If you have lost a loved one, it is very likely that you have been hurt financially. You can recover financial damages through a Green Bay wrongful death lawsuit.

If your family is like many other families that have lost a financial supporter, you are most likely wondering what determines the future earnings in the settlement. A court will decide future earnings factoring:

  • Current pay. The first thing to determine when figuring the compensation for future earnings is to establish what the deceased person’s current income was. This will be the main factor when determining the total.
  • Remaining years. The court will take the age of the deceased and determine how many working years the victim had left. This number is multiplied by the current pay to determine an estimate of future earnings.
  • Retirement. The amount that the victim would have had in retirement is also figured into the future earnings calculation. A life expectancy chart and the current pay is used to calculate the amount to be paid.

Don’t let the negligence of someone else be the ruin of your financial existence. To get the compensation you deserve for you losses, you will need to contact an experienced Green Bay wrongful death attorney at Hupy and Abraham. Call 800-800-5678 for a free legal consultation.


Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham