We have all heard of negligence cases, such as slip and fall without a wet floor sign or falling items off of shelves that cause injury. However, in the worst-case scenario, people actually lose their lives to negligence. While this is a rare situation, it does occur. Therefore, it should be taken into consideration in terms of liability and lawsuits. If for some reason you have lost your loved one due to negligence, you do have legal options. Here are three actions that you can take in order to file a lawsuit against the negligent party in this scenario.
Contact an Attorney Immediately
If you have lost a loved one due to negligence, you need to contact an attorney immediately. An attorney will be able to help you file a suit so that you can recover damages that have been incurred due to your loved one’s loss of life. For example, if your loved one is the only party in the household who works, you will have lost vast amounts of income due to this occurrence. Your attorney can help you recover these damages. Obviously, there is no way to financially recover the emotional damage of losing a loved one, but you can ensure that your quality of life does not decrease even more by filing for damages that have happened because of the situation.
Contact the Right Attorney
You need to make sure that you’re contacting the right attorney. You can’t just contact any type of lawyer to handle this type of case, it must be a wrongful death attorney. It is a very specific type of case and only a handful of lawyers are prepared to file this type of lawsuit. You need to look up an attorney for loss of life negligence on Google and find out which ones are the best rated. You can find out which have been given a five-star rating and choose from one of those attorneys.
Know Your Intentions Well
You need to know your intentions very well. What is the purpose of filing a lawsuit? Are you looking to simply financially punish the negligent party for the grief that they have caused? Or are you also looking to recover damages that you have lost due to the loss of your loved one’s life? These are questions that you need to consider in order to really establish what your intention is in filing a lawsuit.
There are few things more tragic than losing a loved one to negligence. You need to make sure that you contact a reputable attorney who specializes in this type of lawsuit. You need to contact an attorney immediately after the incident occurs. You also need to know what your personal intention is in filing the lawsuit, whether you are looking to punish the negligent party or whether you are looking to collect damages. Be intentional in your process of filing a lawsuit and you should be able to reap financial rewards.
Author information: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter: @RachelleWilber