Most people are unprepared for life after the loss of a loved one. They don’t know how they will take care of their home and bills without their partner or supporter; they don’t know how to explain the loss to the children; often, they don’t understand their legal rights, either.
None of these issues comes with one right answer, unfortunately. However, one thing that you should know is that parents, children, spouses and other loved ones have legal options in the aftermath of a wrongful death. However, the approach will vary based on your specific situation and preferences.
For example, you will first need to determine whether legal action is right in the first place. Was another party negligent? Did the loss result in damages for the decedent or the survivors? These will be critical elements in building a wrongful death claim, so it is vital that they be in place.
Next, you will want to determine what you want out of the case. If you want to get the medical and funeral bills paid and move on, you may be able to work out an out-of-court agreement. Settling with an insurance company may also be an option. If you are looking for a sense of justice and maximum compensation, litigation could be the answer.
You will also need to examine how you feel about the logistics of filing a legal claim. Do you have the time, energy and resources to devote to the litigation process, or is it more feasible to secure fair compensation as quickly as possible?
These questions and priorities can be difficult to weigh on your own. However, the attorneys at our firm can provide legal insight, context and advice to help you figure out the best solution for your individual case. You can visit our wrongful death webpage for more information about our firm’s capabilities and how to contact us.