If you have recently lost a spouse or other close family member through the fault of someone else, then you and your family might be suffering in a number of different ways. You can't put a price tag on the loss of a loved one. You might be in a financial bind because of the loss, too, since your family might have lost your deceased loved one's income. In addition, you have likely been left with expensive medical bills, funeral expenses, and other expenses related to your loved one's death.
If you are interested in filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the party who is responsible for your loved one's death, find out how your family will be properly compensated. You can help ensure that this will be the case by following these tips.
Seek Legal Representation as Soon as Possible
Don't be tempted to try to take steps with your family's wrongful death lawsuit without hiring an attorney. In fact, don't wait too long to start looking for an attorney. Instead, make sure that you seek legal representation as soon as possible for the best results.
Bring All Financial-Related Documentation
Even if you hire a wrongful death attorney, they won't be able to provide you with proper representation if they don't have all of the right evidence and information. Bring along all financial-related documents when meeting with your attorney, and if you receive additional medical bills or if you find other evidence, submit it to your attorney as soon as possible. Submitting paycheck stubs or tax returns with your loved one's income information, medical bills, funeral bills, and other documents should help you ensure that you are compensated fairly.
Be Prepared to Wait for a Decent Settlement Offer
There is a chance that the other party and their insurance company or lawyers will offer a settlement of some sort shortly after you file your lawsuit. If you're in a tight spot and lacking in cash, you might be tempted to accept this settlement offer. However, be aware that the settlement offer will probably be low, and it might not be adequate to cover all of your family's expenses that relate to the wrongful death of your loved one. Fortunately, working with a wrongful death attorney can get you a better settlement offer or can help you get more money in court, but you may have to be patient and wait a bit longer.
Contact a wrongful death attorney for more information.