Wrongful death is a serious legal claim. It’s different from cases like slip-and-fall and it carries heavier consequences. When you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, don’t try to face the situation alone. Here’s why.
An attorney knows the legal process
When you are dealing with the loss of a loved one, the last thing you should have to worry about is how to take legal action. Working with an experienced lawyer means you don’t have to unravel the intricacies of the law on your own. Find an attorney who knows wrongful death lawsuits and the specific area you are dealing with (i.e. construction law, slip-and-fall, medical malpractice).
An attorney will make sure you file on time
Every claim has a deadline for filing legal action. Wrongful death cases use the “discovery rule,” which means your window to file begins when you discover or should have discovered the cause of death.
You need to talk with an attorney as soon as you can to make sure your case is filed within the proper statute of limitations. If your statute of limitations has already passed, a lawyer will help you look at other options for extending the time limit.
An attorney knows how to fight for you in court
Arguing in court (or negotiating outside of court) is not easy. It’s not something you can typically do on your own, especially when your case gets complicated. An experienced lawyer will help you know what court is going to be like, prepare your evidence and argue it against other lawyers.
An attorney knows how to get the compensation you need
When you sue for wrongful death, you will need to claim the resulting damages. Your attorney will help you understand what to claim, including the loss of life, support, relationship, services, income and parental guidance.
When you are dealing with a wrongful death case, you need to contact legal counsel as soon as possible.