First, let us offer our condolences if you have lost someone you love in an accident. There is almost nothing more difficult than learning about an untimely death of a parent, spouse or child. We understand what you are going through and are here to help you through a very difficult time of your life.
The phrase, “wrongful death,” is used to describe the legal claim that you, as a survivor, or next-of-kin have when a loved one is killed in an accident by someone else’s behavior. The legal concept does not contain a criminal element; rather it is a claim in the civil court system that is intended to provide help to family members without the income, benefits or companionship the deceased provided while alive.
Wrongful death claims are usually a result of the following kinds of accidents:
Unfortunately, during this difficult time, there are many people who will try to take advantage of your situation. Insurance companies are no different, especially the insurance company representing the person who is responsible for the death of your loved one. They may try to settle any claims with you as soon as possible for the lowest amount possible. While you may be eager to pay the bills that are piling up or the mortgage payment, try to consult with us as soon as possible, before talking to any insurance adjuster.
It’s also extremely important to preserve any evidence that may help your wrongful death claim. You will need to prove your loved one’s income, for example. Having copies of pay stubs and tax returns will help provide the documentation you need. Also, preserving medical records, prescriptions records, diplomas and any evidence related to how the accident happened is important.
Usually the police or a government agent will investigate fatal accidents and generate a report. However, these investigators may be looking for specific regulatory violations rather than a cause. Specially-trained independent investigators will be turning over every stone looking for clues about what really happened. They will document and photograph the accident scene and collect and analyze the information they discover. It’s important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible so that we can begin an independent investigation into the cause of the accident.