Wrongful Death Lawyer
When you lose a loved one in an accident, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim. Unfortunately, many people choose not to because they think they don’t have a claim or believe some of the many misconceptions about wrongful death. Here are three of those myths debunked.
Wrongful Death Claims Are Unnecessary if You Have Insurance
When you lose your loved one, you may have already had life insurance. A lot of people prepare for unexpected death through a life insurance policy. You want to protect yourself and your children’s financial security. However, insurance companies do not always offer large payouts. Even when you receive the payout, it may not cover all costs included in the wrongful death claim. For example, insurance may not cover the lost future income. Instead of relying on insurance, talk with an attorney about your wrongful death claim.
Wrongful Death Claims Are Too Expensive
A lot of clients worry about the expense of filing a wrongful death claim. Part of their fear is how much it costs to hire an attorney. Like any personal injury case, you generally do not pay your lawyer until the trial ends and you receive your settlement. Most wrongful death lawyers work for a contingency fee. He or she will not receive any compensation unless you receive a settlement. This means that you can afford a lawyer upfront and not have to worry about the attorney not having your best interests in mind.
Wrongful Death Claims Aren’t for Accidents
Before talking with a lawyer, many clients believe that you cannot file a claim if the accident caused the death. It may be true that the party who caused your loved one’s death didn’t mean for it to happen, but it does not make him or her less responsible. While the other party may not be criminally responsible, you can still hold the person accountable financially. Intent does not matter in wrongful death.
The wrongful death lawsuit hinges on the fact that the death occurred because of someone else’s negligence. For example, if your loved one was in a car accident where the other driver became distracted and caused the accident, the driver is still responsible for the death.
A wrongful death lawyer can help dispel any myths about wrongful death claims. If you lost a loved one to someone else’s negligence, you may have a right to file a wrongful death claim. Gather evidence and set up a consultation as soon as possible for more information about your case.