June 14, 2021
There are numerous facets and case types within personal injury but no case type is as unfortunate as a wrongful death case. As one isn’t merely just injured, a person’s life was wrongfully taken away leaving the lives of loved ones in disarray in every way imaginable. And so the task now becomes finding justice for the person who was taken away due to someone else’s negligence. But how does one go about this?
Find a lawyer: First, you need to find a personal lawyer. An insurance adjuster will try to make contact with you first to make it seem like only they can help you and that you have to close your case as soon as possible, but that’s not true. Find a personal injury lawyer first that you feel best suits your needs first and they will be able to help you get the maximum benefit and justice for your case.
Assessment of damages: Once your case is started, your lawyer will compile all evidence and records needed to make the argument for your case. This will require a little work on your part as well, but in order to get the maximum amount possible for your case, it’s crucial that you do cooperate with your lawyer as their job is to help you and following their instruction is part of this. Damages that you can claim: include contributory financial loss (widows can receive support until their expected retirement age), college funding (if it can be proven that the deceased has or would have contributed to it), punitive damages (if found that the at-fault individual acted recklessly), and depending on the state, one can receive loss of consortium; a loss of services around the house. This is on top of all the funeral expenses related to the burial of the deceased.
Settlement or trial: The two parties will make their arguments about how you are deserving of more and in the case of the opposing side, how you are deserving of less. But with your compiled files and evidence and records of damages, your lawyer will try to get you the best settlement possible that covers your current and future expenses. If an agreement can’t be made then the case will likely go to trial and a judge will decide upon the final amount to be awarded to you and for how long thus concluding the case.