Losing a loved one due to an unnecessary and avoidable act is a painful and life-altering experience. Fortunately, wrongful death lawyers can help the loved ones of those killed find justice through compensation.
Money can’t fill the void left by a loved one; however, it can make up for the financial shortfalls that most people face when a loved one has lost their life wrongfully.
But during this difficult time of grieving, how does one go about choosing the right personal injury attorney for a wrongful death case? It is a task that should be completed sooner than later for the sake of the lawsuit. But where should you start?
Start With Those You Know
Some of the best recommendations for attorneys come from friends, family, and colleagues. You may know someone who has gone through a similar tragedy themselves. And even if you don’t, it’s possible that someone you know is acquainted with someone who has. Check in with your network and ask them about their choice of wrongful death attorneys.
Look for Experience
When making your list of potential wrongful death attorneys, make sure to only write down the names of attorneys with direct and substantial experience with wrongful death cases. Although an attorney may be willing to take wrongful death cases, they may not have much experience handling them.
With an experienced wrongful death lawyer, you get a professional who can confidently navigate the compensation process. They will be able to help anticipate problems and avoid them before they occur.
An attorney with experience handling wrongful death cases also understands the impact that death has on a victim’s loved ones. In turn, they can provide a dimension of compassion while fighting to get you the compensation you deserve.
Review Track Records
Experience is important — but only the right kind of experience. What is the track record of the wrongful death attorney you are considering hiring? Do they have a history of recovering the compensation tier their clients need?
You will also want to review each potential attorney’s history at trial. Although most wrongful death cases are settled before a trial is necessary, some do need a judge and jury to decide matters. When they do, you want to make sure that your lawyer is prepared to fight for you in court.
During your search for the right personal injury lawyer to handle your wrongful death case, you will eventually want to meet with those attorneys who check the initial boxes. Before the meeting, write down a list of questions that will help you get a better understanding of who the attorney is and what their capabilities are.
Some questions to ask include:
- What is your experience with wrongful death cases?
- Will you be handling the case yourself?
- What sort of resources will you devote to my case?
- Can I reach you around the clock?
- What are your fees?
- Do you believe I have a solid claim?
- How much compensation should I receive?
Your initial meeting will likely be a free consultation regarding your case. During this conversation, ask your questions and write down the answers for comparison purposes.
Keep in mind that your trust as a client is important for whichever attorney you choose. Hence, you should only retain an attorney who inspires confidence and trust on your part. And remember that you will be in close contact with your choice of attorneys throughout the compensation process. You need a professional who puts your mind at ease while you grieve and attempt to move forward.
A Wrongful Death Lawyer Is Ready to Meet Your Needs
If you are dealing with the tragedy of losing a loved one in or around Los Angeles, the Saeedian Law Group may be able to help. Contact us for a free consultation and take a step toward getting justice for your loved one.