Wrongful Death Law HelpWhere a loved one has died, compensation is the last thing on your mind. This is natural. However, before you make any key decisions, especially if you believe a person, company, or government entity is at fault, you should be aware of your rights and how the laws work. Your best choice is to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help you with the legal end while you focus on getting through it. It would be nearly impossible to do this yourself, mainly because the laws involving fault and wrongful death can be complex from state to state.
This blog guide will help you make some decisions when it comes to wrongful death. First, let's go into more detail on hiring legal representation.
Why a lawyer?
A personal injury lawyer may seem to be the wrong kind of person you need. They want your money, right? Actually, an experienced personal injury lawyer helps protect you and your family's rights, and also ensures the parties at fault pay. Legally, the best thing you can do is sue the persons responsible for causing you and your family such pain and suffering. But how do you hire a personal injury lawyer? How can you tell the difference between the ones who care and don't?
Hiring a personal injury lawyer is first about focusing locally. You want a lawyer who knows the state laws, so if the wrongful death occurred in California, you would want a California personal injury lawyer, obviously one close to you. The next step is to go over court room experience, how well you communicate with this lawyer, and how available they are. Price is an issue too, but a subjective one: they'll get money from the settlement, which can sometimes be quite large.
A lawyer is valuable because he or she can help decide this case for you, and explain your options.
Can you sue?
One question you may ask your personal injury lawyer is if you are allowed to sue on behalf of the deceased. This can be complex, and a lawyer can best answer your questions. Obviously a spouse or child can sue; these are the most common. State laws can differ after that, as sometimes distant family such as brothers, sisters, or grandparents can sue. Some states even allow anyone economically effected by the death to sue.
Who can you sue?
The persons, companies, or government agencies can be sued. This all depends on fault and state laws. One common suit is against hospitals, where medical negligence can lead to neglect. The point is that someone competent would not have made the same mistake. If a surgery was botched, there are many who can be sued. If you are hit by a drunk truck driver, as another example, you may be able to sue both the driver and the company who owns the truck as both can be at fault.
How much can you get?
There is much more to go over, and we'll be highlighting key wrongful death issues this week on Personal Injury Blog. One important point you should know is that wrongful death suits, perhaps not surprisingly, can be bring you and your family damages. These damages certainly won't make up for what happened, but they are to both protect your families financial future and to punish those responsible.