One of the most difficult tribulations in life is the loss of a loved one.
But if the loss of a loved one could have been avoided, and it was the result of someone else's negligence?
That's just unforgivable.
Finding the perfect attorney to help you fight a wrongful death case helps preserve the memory of your loved one. Before you settle on the right representation, there are some important questions that should be asked.
A quality wrongful death lawyer will help you navigate through the rough waters of taking a trial through to verdict.
7 Questions to Ask your Wrongful Death Lawyer
Do you primarily try wrongful death cases?
A great start in choosing the best wrongful death lawyer to represent your case is to learn their area of legal expertise.
Choosing an attorney that has a proven record of trying wrongful death cases is a critical element in getting justice.
A strong choice will be an attorney that has the authority to file these kinds of cases and also knows the kinds of losses that are compensable. They will also know the deadline for filing, as well as other procedural details.
You want to make sure that you find an attorney that understands why families should pursue justice and compensation following a loved one's death and can determine whether or not you have a case.
Will you be my main point of contact throughout this case?
Going through the emotions of dealing with the loss of a loved one is hard enough.
There is no reason that you should have to endure any more heartache by explaining the circumstances surrounding the wrongful death to multiple people working the same case.
Finding an attorney that will be your main point of contact throughout your case is a detail to closely consider.
Establish a strong repertoire with your wrongful death lawyer. This will not only help you through the emotionally daunting task of the case. It will also give you the peace of mind that you have a team helping you achieve a goal.
Do you outsource any of the work?
Keeping pertinent material in-house is an important aspect to consider when choosing a lawyer to represent your case.
Ask what steps will be taken during your personal injury claim, whether much of the work, such as evidence gathering, investigations, as well as a host of other case-specific details and tasks, are outsourced.
Do you take phone calls after hours?
Knowing that your chosen wrongful death lawyer is available outside of business hours can be a refreshing added benefit.
Sometimes, there are questions that may arise. You may remember an extra detail or piece of evidence that could help your case.
Having the option to contact your representation after-hours can be a helpful bonus.
Who will perform the initial investigation and preserve evidence?
The initial investigation is an integral part of any wrongful death case. So, it's an important aspect to consider when choosing a potential wrongful death lawyer.
The initial investigation will uncover the largest elements related to your case. You want to ensure that your chosen attorney knows the correct steps, procedures, and components that need to be focused on during that initial stage of recovery.
Not only is the initial investigation portion of the case incredibly important, but so is knowing who will be responsible for preserving the evidence.
If your chosen attorney cannot answer these questions without complete certainty, continue your search.
Depending on the specific circumstances surrounding your case, there are a number of elements to be evaluated.
Without having an attorney that knows how to recognize a number of these potential wrongful death warning signs, your case could result in a verdict that is not in your favor.
How many cases resulted in a settlement or a win?
Knowing how many wrongful death cases that your attorney and/or their law firm has settled should be another question you ask.
Settlement can be a very good option. This indicates that the guilty party was found to be truly negligent and responsible for the loss of a loved one.
Furthermore, you also want to find a wrongful death lawyer that has a proven record of recovering compensation for receiving winning verdicts.
Will you work on a contingency basis?
Money is always a top priority and concern for all of us. Filing a lawsuit can be incredibly costly with all of the different injury attorney fees and associated costs.
Finding a wrongful death lawyer that is willing to take your case on a contingency basis can be rewarding for both parties.
When an attorney and/or a law firm take cases on a contingency basis, there is a higher level of investment on both sides.
Settling or winning a verdict on a contingency basis not only means that you don't have to pay a ton of out of pocket expenses. It also means that the attorney and the law firm are taking your case on the premise that it can be won or settled.
No attorney will excitedly take a case on a contingency basis that doesn't have the capacity to win. This is especially true because of the fact that all court fees will have to be paid upfront.
You want to choose representation that will fight to win.
Losing a loved one due to someone else's negligence, mistake, or oversight is an atrocity that no one wants to face.
If this scenario is a nightmare that has become your reality, fight back and claim justice in the name of your recently departed.
Find an Orange County wrongful death lawyer that knows how to successfully file a claim and will be a constant throughout the entirety of your case. Look for someone who has a proven track record of settling or winning.
You also want someone who is willing to take your case on a contingency basis.
Feeling like you need a bit of guidance, insight, or support? Give our law firm a call and speak with us about your case. We've helped victims' families recover millions in wrongful death lawsuits and would be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Call Huntington Beach wrongful death attorney Timothy J. Ryan at (714) 898-4444 today.