Wrongful death claims are a way for the victim’s loved one to seek justice and compensation from monetary damage and punitive damage. Following the proper process and trusting in an attorney to represent you is essential to ensuring your case is made and you are able to effectively take action against the person or department responsible for the wrongful death.
What Are Wrongful Death Claims?
Wrongful death claims are made by a personal representative (generally a close relative) of someone who was unjustly killed. It can apply to medical malpractice, vehicle accidents, etc. or during an interaction with law enforcement.
Certain criteria must be met for a wrongful death claim, and it must be filed within two years of the incident. There are different reasons for making a claim, including holding the responsible parties accountable for the wrongful death, seeking compensation for financial loss or receiving compensation for punitive damages.
What Is The Process Of A Wrongful Death Claim?
An attorney assists clients while making a wrongful death claim. The process involves a review of the details of the case and filing a claim with the name of the personal representative (i.e. parent or grandparent). Many cases are settled before trial, although a court case may be inevitable if a settlement cannot be reached.
Accumulating And Reviewing All Information
Preliminary work is of the utmost importance when submitting a wrongful death claim. The first thing your attorney with The Brown Firm will do is review all information and determine if the details support a wrongful death claim.
Filing The Claim On Behalf Of The Personal Representative
The attorney may file the claim on behalf of the personal representative. This could be a close family member, spouse or another loved one of the deceased victim.
Depositions, Settlement Negotiation and Mediation
Many clients prefer to settle the wrongful death claim during negotiation or mediation, rather than going to trial. If it is in the interest of the client, the process may end at this stage.
Going Through A Court Trial If Necessary
Going to a court trial is always on the table and an experienced attorney is always willing to do so if the client prefers this course of action and if it is in their best interest.
The Benefits Of Working With An Attorney When Filing A Claim
An attorney understands your case and what you are entitled to for compensation. One misstep while filing a civil lawsuit could become incredibly detrimental to your case. An experienced attorney ensures a wrongful death claim is filed properly and they represent you through every step, including during negotiations, mediations and trial.
Speak To A Qualified Attorney
Our law team at The Brown Firm represents clients who are affected by the wrongful death of someone they love. If you are planning to submit a wrongful death claim, then reach out to us first to find out how our law team can help you as you seek justice and compensation. You can reach us by phone at 703.828.0900 or by contacting us online. We look forward to hearing from you.