The immediate aftermath of the loss of a loved one is not the best time for most people to be thinking about lawsuits and legal claims. Unfortunately, if the person's death was caused by another party's act of negligence, this period of time can be especially significant in the long-term view of a wrongful death action.
At our firm, we have been representing clients in wrongful death claims for years. We know what a delicate balance it can be for a person to grieve for their deceased loved one while at the same time making crucial legal decisions that could end up making a big difference in the amount of compensation that could ultimately be awarded in a case.
Probably the most important thing for family members to do is consider all of the available options - and understand them completely as well. In some cases there is almost no question that a certain party should be held liable. But, while this may alleviate some concerns, it can cause others. An insurance company or another representative of the responsible party could start to throw out settlement numbers - figures that may sound appealing when the deceased person's family might be struggling to pay for medical expenses or other costs in the aftermath of a tragic accident.
However, a case doesn't always have to settle. At our firm we attempt to ensure that our clients are receiving a fair amount of compensation. Sometimes that means pressing forward with a lawsuit even if the other party is willing to talk about a settlement. For more information on how our law firm approaches the different options in a wrongful death claim, please visit our website.