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A few months ago when I was involved in a bad car accident, I didn't know what to do next. In an attempt to make things right, I tried to be open and honest with lawyers and insurance agents when they called, only to be reprimanded by complete strangers. After taking a few phone calls on my own, I realized that I needed to have an advocate at my side to make things right. I contacted an attorney, who came right out to help me the next day. He listened to the details of my case, started screening my calls, and instantly reduced my stress level.

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When Tragedy Strikes: A Guide To Filing A Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Losing a loved one is difficult. However, when someone else's negligence causes their death, it can be even more devastating. When this happens, you always have the option of filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Here's what you need to know:

Know the Basics

A wrongful death lawsuit is a legal claim on behalf of the deceased's family members or estate seeking compensation for their loss. The lawsuit alleges that the defendant's negligence or misconduct led to the death, and thus they are responsible for the resulting damages.

Determine Eligibility

Before moving forward, it is essential to determine if you are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Generally, the following individuals can bring a claim:

  1. Immediate family members (spouse, children, parents)
  2. Life partners or financial dependents
  3. Distant family members (in some cases)
  4. Personal representatives of the deceased's estate

Check the Statute of Limitations

Each state has a specific deadline, known as the statute of limitations, within which a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed. These time limits vary by state, and missing the deadline could result in your case being dismissed by the court.

Hire an Attorney

Filing a wrongful death lawsuit is a complex process that requires a deep understanding of the law. Hiring an experienced wrongful death attorney is crucial to building a strong case and representing your interests. Take the time to research and consult with multiple attorneys before selecting one to represent you.

Investigate the Case

Once you have hired an attorney, they will begin investigating your case. The investigation will involve gathering evidence, reviewing records, and interviewing witnesses. Your attorney will also determine the potential value of your claim, considering factors such as medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of future potential income, and emotional pain and suffering.

File the Lawsuit

After a thorough investigation, your attorney will draft and file the wrongful death complaint with the appropriate court. This document outlines the allegations against the defendant, and the damages sought. The defendant will then be able to respond, and the case will move forward through the legal process.

Negotiate a Settlement or Go to Trial

Many wrongful death cases result in a negotiated settlement between the parties. Your attorney will represent your interests in these negotiations and work towards a fair and reasonable settlement. If a settlement cannot be reached, your case will go to trial, where a judge or jury will determine the outcome.

Recover Compensation

If your wrongful death lawsuit is successful, you will receive compensation for the damages you have suffered. Although no amount of money can ever replace your loved one, seeking justice through a wrongful death lawsuit can provide a sense of closure and hold the responsible party accountable for their actions.  

For more info, contact a local firm like Bates & Slone Attorneys At Law.