What should I do if a loved one died in an accident?

filing a wrongful death claim after losing a loved oneIf you have experienced a tragic loss in your life, we are truly sorry. Losing a loved one is a terrible and traumatic event under any circumstances, but a sudden death caused by negligence can completely overwhelm survivors. Unfortunately, there are many parties who will use this time to take advantage of you—potentially ruining your chances of seeking justice for your loved one’s death.

How to Protect Yourself After a Loved One’s Wrongful Death

The best way to ensure you get the closure and compensation you need after the sudden loss of a family member is to speak to a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. While friends and relatives may offer to share the burden of filing paperwork and making final arrangements, only a lawyer is equipped to handle the complex legal matters surrounding fatal injury cases.

It is our job to protect you and your family from any further injustices. When we take over your legal case, we only need you to:

  • Write down everything you can. When you meet with us, we will need any and all information you have regarding the accident so that we can begin building a strong case. Any police reports, contact information for witnesses, insurance policies, medical bills, or other documents you can provide will help us in getting you all that you deserve.
  • Let us deal with the insurance companies. If your loved one was killed in a car crash, you may be contacted by his vehicle insurance provider as well as the at-fault insurance company’s agents. These agents are highly-trained professionals who only have one goal: to reduce the amount of compensation they must pay out. They may record your conversation, send you forms to fill out and sign, or ask you to sign a release of your legal rights before issuing payment. Tell all insurance agents that you have an attorney and that any forms, documents, and contact should come to us. 
  • Give yourself time to grieve. The most important thing for you to do right now is to stay close to your family for comfort and healing. We remain available to you for questions and keep you updated while you honor your loved one and recover from the loss.

The attorneys at Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum can answer your questions and advise you on your next steps—and we only charge for our services when and if we secure compensation for you. Contact us today via our online form to schedule your free initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer.