Losing a loved one is especially difficult when allegedly due to someone’s negligence or malice. However, you may have legal recourse by investigating the facts of the situation and presenting them to an expert for review. Here are some ways you might be able to get help in considering a wrongful death legal claim if you feel that the resulting problems are someone’s fault.
The first step, which is very important, is to collect all the available facts and details about the person’s death. Medical records, an accident report, witness statements, and nurses’ documentation, along with other information, will be necessary and helpful for legal and medical experts who may need to develop professional opinions about the facts of the situation. Clear, accurate records will play a major role in any legal proceedings if a claim is filed. While medical records may entail a copying cost, some law firms will pay for the records as an expense to be repaid following a settlement or court award.
Consult a Wrongful Death Attorney
Attorneys that specialize in wrongful death claims can provide helpful information about the process, from statutes of limitation to required supporting documents. Attorneys who practice in this area of law have experience in evaluating wrongful death claims. They can advise you of the strengths and weaknesses of your claim and how to proceed legally. Legal representation is generally the most effective way to advance a wrongful death claim through the court system.
Organize Relevant Documentation
You should begin organizing all the relevant documents associated with your loved one’s passing. This may include the death certificate, hospital or medical records, including the person’s history, health insurance coverage, life insurance policy, rehabilitation and other forms of treatment, and any other contributing sources of documentation that may offer insight to the person’s health and well-being leading up to his or her passing. Employment records, along with other activities to which the person contributed or benefited from, may be requested.
Prepare for the Legal Process
If you decide to file a legal claim on behalf of the deceased, keep in mind that several major steps lay ahead. You may be asked to participate in legal proceedings such as interrogatories and depositions from the defense attorney. Witness testimony may need to be paid in advance. Court hearings are likely to be scheduled. An attorney can explain what to expect.
In consulting a wrongful death attorney, you can become informed about your legal rights and responsibilities if you decide to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her husky Snowball. You can find her on Twitter at @LizzieWeakley and on Facebook at facebook.com/lizzie.weakley.