How Do You Know if You Have a Viable Wrongful Death Claim?

Determining A Case:

Losing a loved one is a painful and traumatic experience. Realizing that you may be suffering an unnecessary loss only magnifies your distress. If you have lost a loved one through an unnecessary death, a wrongful death lawsuit cannot replace your loved one, but it can secure compensation for the sudden financial loss. During such a vulnerable time, you want to have the right advocate by your side. These tips can help you determine if a wrongful death claim is something you should pursue and how to find the right wrongful death attorney.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that more than 130,000 deaths occur each year in the U.S. as a result of unintentional injury. Automobile accidents are the top cause of unintentional death. The third leading cause of death is reported to be due to medical error. Many states have wrongful death statutes that outline situations of negligence, error or misconduct that result in death. Some of the most common causes of wrongful death are:

Emergency Room Malpractice: When a patient enters the ER, there are many unknowns and variables that create more patient vulnerabilities in this medical treatment situation. Surgical errors, misdiagnosis or a premature discharge can all lead to wrongful death due to medical malpractice.

Anesthesia: A patient who dies during a medical procedure, having undergone anesthesia, may have been delivered a fatal dosage.

Automobile Accident: Many variables contribute to traffic accidents. However, if a commercial vehicle was involved, causing the accident due to regulation violations, this may be a case of wrongful death. Accidents where a defective product within the vehicle is the cause may also be reason for a wrongful death case.

What To Expect:

Many factors are considered by the courts when it comes to determining compensation in a wrongful death claim:

Earnings of the deceased

Degree of financial dependency on survivors of the deceased

Medical and funeral expenses incurred by the loss

Relationship and companionship loss

Find A Legal Representative:

The legal complexities of a wrongful death claim require a skilled professional. However, this type of case also has the element of being a highly emotionally charged case. In addition to finding a qualified wrongful death attorney, you need to be represented with someone you feel comfortable with personally.

Recommendations: In such a highly intimate situation of sharing your grief with a legal professional, recommendations from trusted family members, friends and colleagues who have had personal experiences with an attorney can steer you toward someone who has already proven to be a compassionate individual and aggressive legal representative.

Specialization: While performing research, look for individuals or firms with a history of specializing in wrongful death and have a proven track record with settlements and verdicts.

Peer Reviews: Read reviews by other professionals in the justice system. This information will go beyond their case record. It will give you an indication of how other professionals in the justice system consider their professional ethics and practices.

Interview: Once you have narrowed the field, take the time for personal interviews. Don’t be shy. Ask questions related to fees and expenses. Discuss details such as a time-table of events and how you will be updated to progress. Take with you any documentation you have related to the case, such as medical records or witness statements, because each attorney will also be interviewing you about case details.

From Settlement To Lawsuit:

Of course, there is really no amount of money that can compensate for the last factor mentioned. The real goal of a wrongful death suit is to ease the financial burden of survivors by holding responsible the parties at fault for a loved ones death.

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