Advocating for You: Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer
The unexpected death of a loved one is a devastating event that can shatter your day-to-day existence. On top of the grief that you must be feeling, pursuing legal action can be daunting, to say the least. You have end-of-life expenses to consider and securing your family’s finances in an uncertain future.
If you believe that your loved one’s death resulted from the negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation. Of course, the legal framework surrounding the situation that led to your loved one’s death will determine exactly what kind of losses you will be able to recuperate. Even if your case seems clear-cut, insurance companies will always exhaust their resources to minimize your settlement. Don’t let this discourage you. With a team of experienced wrongful death lawyers, such as the Ward Law Group, you will have a distinct advantage when negotiating a fair settlement.
With nearly a decade of experience, the Ward Law Group has handled every type of insurance claim under the sun. From clear-cut cases to blurry shades of gray, the Ward Law Group knows how to work the system in your favor.
If you do not speak English as your primary language, then you’ll be happy to know that many of our representatives speak Spanish as their native language. At the Ward Law Group, you can rest assured that language will never serve as a barrier to securing a successful insurance claim!
Common Types of Wrongful Death Claims that We Settle
90% of all lawsuits involving medical malpractice fall under the category of wrongful death or permanent disability. In 2006, the Institute of Medicine reported that the most common cause of medical malpractice involved prescription errors. A prescription error can involve the administration of the wrong medication, an incorrect or missed dosage, or the wrong route of delivery (e.g. the oral administration of a topical medication).
Of course, medical malpractice is just one example of what can go wrong. The Ward Law Group also handles the following wrongful death cases (plus more):
- Defective Products: If a loved one dies because of a defective product, then the manufacturer can be sued. Product liability is obviously very important to manufacturers, as they devote extensive time to testing their products to ensure safety.
- Work-Related Accidents: High-risk occupations such as construction jobs have much higher occurrences of workplace fatalities. That being said, wrongful death may occur at the office or even outside of work if the employer puts their employee into a dangerous circumstance.
- Car Accidents: Car accidents are the most common cause of wrongful deaths in the United States. This is due to a combination of road congestion and distracted driving. In fact, the staggering majority of car accident fatalities are the result of negligence in one way or another. This wrong-doing can result from speeding, reckless or inattentive driving, driving while under the influence, etc.
How This Affects You
The wrongful death of a loved one can put you in a serious financial bind. For example, if your husband was the sole provider for your household, then you may have no immediate source of income following his death.
And, this doesn’t even take into account the fact that death is an expensive ordeal. Funerals are not cheap, and they take up a lot of time to organize and schedule. Not only will you be out of thousands of dollars, but you will also be robbed of time to take care of your emotional health.
Types of Wrongful Death Compensation
The compensation available in a wrongful death claim often depends on who is filing the lawsuit. Typically speaking, survivors are legally entitled to a wider degree of recovery for damages than are beneficiaries.
If you believe that the death of your loved one entitles you to legal compensation, then you should meet with a wrongful death lawyer immediately. You may have the right to recover lost wages, profits, and benefits that your loved one would have earned if he or she had survived the accident. Additionally, you may be entitled to remuneration for the medical and funeral expenses of your loved one. And, depending upon the nature of your case, you may qualify for loss of consortium, a special kind of compensation that considers the irrecoverable loss of a family relationship.
If you meet the legal definition of a survivor (spouse, son, father, brother, etc.), then the damages available to you will depend upon your relationship to the deceased.
Maximizing Your Claim: Immediate Steps to Take After a Wrongful Death
In order to build a successful case, it will depend on the circumstances that led to your loved one’s passing. You should contact a wrongful death lawyer as soon as you possibly can, as some states have deadlines which limit the time for claimants to file a case. The sooner you connect with a team of attorneys, the better your chances for securing a fair settlement.
Your lawyer will handle all communication between you and your insurance company until an acceptable outcome is achieved. During this time, keep your paperwork detailing all expenses, such as medical costs, associated with your loved one’s death.
If you can act from the scene, your attorney may be able to send out investigators to collect photographic evidence, police reports, and witness statements. This is also an important time to assess any property damages that resulted from the accident.
Your attorney will also need to establish any income that your loved one would have earned had he or she survived the ordeal. Again, it is important to keep this information as well as any receipts to submit to your insurance company. This will help your attorney mount a case against the offending party and improve your chances of securing a settlement.
How The Ward Law Group Can Help
Don’t hesitate to get your claim started! The sooner you act, the better your chances when it comes to obtaining the compensation that you deserve. Remember, insurance adjusters work for big-name insurance companies and not for you. They will do everything in their power to ensure that you receive the smallest compensation possible. Don’t let them get away with it! Hire a team that you can trust and do it today.
The Ward Law Group is passionate about making sure that you receive fair compensation for your suffering. Our English and Spanish-speaking team will help you manage the intricate details of a wrongful death claim. Our team is compassionate, effective, and has earned nearly a decade of experience. With the Ward Law Group in your corner, you can expect to achieve optimal results. Take the first step today and request a free case evaluation from one of our legal experts!