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Hello, I'm Karla Mitchell. Going through a legal case can be very expensive and challenging. I won't go into details, but I recently underwent my own legal battle that lasted several years. It is finally over and I successfully received a settlement, but I had to spend so much time studying law in order to play my role in my own court case. While I found a great attorney at one point, I felt completely lost initially and I don't want anyone else to experience the same thing. So I decided to create this blog for those who would like to know more about law.


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Filing A Wrongful Death Claim: Consulting With An Attorney

by Andrew Martin

Unless your family member died of natural causes after living a full and complete life, you will likely find yourself feeling as though their death was wrong or untimely. However, while this is a natural and healthy response to losing someone you care about, it does not necessarily mean that their death meets the legal standard for a wrongful death claim. This is because the law defines wrongful death as a death that is caused directly by the careless, negligent, or criminal actions of another individual. In cases where the facts support this statement of law, loved ones may be entitled to damages. Consulting with a wrongful death lawyer can help you to determine if the facts of your case support this type of claim and help you to better understand the steps that come next. 

Preparing For Your Consultation

When consulting with a wrongful death attorney, you will want to make sure that you are well prepared. This will allow you to get the most accurate information regarding your claim and help the attorney to more accurately determine if your case meets the standards set forth by wrongful death laws. 

In order to prepare for your consultation, you will want to first take a few minutes to write down any questions you may have for the attorney. This will help to ensure you don't forget to ask any questions as you seek to absorb a lot of information in a relatively short period of time.

Next, you will want to gather as much documentation as you can regarding the circumstances of your loved one's death. This includes any medical records, police reports, and court records you may have access to. You will also need to provide supporting documentation for the financial losses that you and your family have suffered as a result of your loved one's death.

Understanding Why Your Records Are So Important

While you may assume that a wrongful death suit is designed to compensate the deceased, this type of lawsuit is actually designed to compensate family members for the losses that they have suffered. For instance, if the deceased was the primary breadwinner for the family, their death could have resulted in a wide variety of financial consequences. In this case, the family will not only need to prove that their loved one's death was wrongful, but they will also need to establish their financial relationship in order to collect damages. This is where your personal documentation comes in.

With so many complex issues to consider when filing a wrongful death claim, it is easy to understand how many grieving families get overwhelmed by the process. Thankfully you can make navigating this process a bit easier by contacting a wrongful death attorney.