No amount of money can bring back a loved one, but in some cases a wrongful death lawsuit is the right thing to do. Not only can a wrongful death claim help with final expenses, it can also bring the negligence of others to light and prevent similar situations from happening in the future. There are several reasons you might have for filing a wrongful death claim. Regardless of your reasons, you will need to take some steps even before you start making funeral arrangements.
Talk to an Attorney Immediately
Time is of the essence when it comes to wrongful death claims. It is important that if you think you have a case, you contact an attorney immediately after the death. There are laws regarding who can file a wrongful death claim, as well as laws dictating the situations in which a wrongful death claim is appropriate. An experienced attorney will be best suited to determine if you have a legitimate case and give you the next steps to complete.
For a successful wrongful death claim, you have to be able to prove that negligence led directly to the death of your loved one. This requires gathering evidence early on. You may need to access autopsy reports and medical records. If an autopsy wasn’t already ordered, you may need to order one before your loved one is prepared for the funeral. An attorney can best let you know what steps need to be taken. The attorney will also handle as much of the legwork as they can so you can focus on healing from your loss.
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of others, it is time to speak out. Contact us today for a free consultation to determine if you have a legitimate wrongful death claim.