The Answers You Need for the Questions You’re Forced to Ask
One of the worst aspects of pursuing a case—whether you’re fighting for injury compensation or trying to settle a divorce—is not knowing what to expect. Before you get yourself knee deep in the details of your case allow us to answer some of your questions first. We’ll help you be more fully prepared and more confident as you move forward.
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What should I do if a loved one died in an accident?
If 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.
If I file a wrongful death lawsuit, what type of damages can I recover?
It is a tragedy when a loved one loses his life due to the negligence or recklessness of another individual or company. This type of fatal injury may be the result of a car or truck accident or an injury in the workplace. In these situations, you and your family may be able to file a wrongful death claim. The purpose of such a lawsuit is to seek damages for the loss of your spouse or family member. The claim may be established for:
- The spouse and children of the decedent
- The spouse if there are no children
- Other legal heirs if there is no spouse or children (parents or grandparents)
A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed against:
- An individual
- An employer or employee
- A company
- A government agency
Wrongful death can cause serious financial problems, including funeral costs and medical bills. There are a number of different types of damages you may be able to recover. These include:
- Funeral and burial expenses. The typical cost for a funeral in the U.S. is $7,000-$10,000. You may be able to claim compensation to cover these costs.
- Medical expenses. This applies only if there are any medical expenses related to the final illness or injury of the decedent.
- Lost income. This is a calculation of lost wages and benefits which is determined by the age of the victim, how long he was expected to live, his income when he died, and his projected future income. It may also include the value of services and goods that the victim would have provided, as well as the value of lost benefits such as health insurance and pensions.
- Pain and suffering. This includes damages that are awarded as compensation for the survivors’ emotional suffering, mental anguish, and the loss of emotional support and companionship that the decedent would have provided to surviving family members.
- Punitive damages. These damages are awarded as a means of punishing the individual or party responsible for the wrongful death.
While wrongful death cases can be unpredictable, an experienced attorney who specializes in this field can review your circumstances. He can then help you understand whether you have a case and what compensation you and your family may be entitled to. Find out more about wrongful death lawsuits by calling our wrongful death attorneys on 888-591-9976. We are here to listen and answer all of your questions.