If someone you love is the victim of wrongful death, it is normal to feel overwhelmed and even scared. The reality of death shows how little we know about the future and how little control we have. Finding a way to move forward after an unexpected death is not easy, but receiving some compensation can help. If you have experienced a wrongful death with a loved one, filing a wrongful death claim can be the first step toward closure.
Gather the Facts
You need to know exactly what happened to determine if wrongful death will be considered. However, you don’t need to know those facts right now. If the case goes to trial, there is a process in place for information gathering and your attorney can do a much better job of that than you. What you can do is listen to what you are told about the death and write down what is said. Don’t take anything at face value or make any decisions right away. All you are doing is gathering information. As difficult as it is to acknowledge, the people giving you information may have biases or conflicts that cloud what they say.
Hire a Wrongful Death Attorney
You want an attorney you can trust. Before committing to an attorney, schedule a time to talk. They can hear the basics of the case and give you some options. You should ask them questions as well. You want to know how frequently they handle wrongful death claims and if that is a specialty for their practice. You should feel comfortable speaking with the attorney and confident in their skill.
Trust Your Legal Council
One of the reasons that it is vital you choose a wrongful death attorney you trust is because so much of what happens in a legal case can be confusing. It is important that you trust your attorney and the decisions made during the case or you may leave the legal process more confused and disenfranchised than before you began.
Be Ready to Hear All Options
You may do all the work to prepare for trial, putting yourself through a great deal of stress, only to hear the opposite side would like to settle out of court. You understand that no amount of money helps, and the idea of having your day in court can be appealing. Talk it over with your attorney. If you have been satisfied with the handling of your case so far, it makes sense to follow their advice here.
Nothing can replace your loved one. The goal of a wrongful death suit is to help bring some sort of responsibility to the wronged party while easing your transition to life without the deceased. Wrongful death suits are, by their nature, stressful, but working with someone you trust can ease some of the strain.
Author information: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/