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What steps should you take after the wrongful death of a loved one?

May 16, 2024 | Firm News

Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences anyone can endure. When the loss is unexpected and due to someone else’s negligence or misconduct, it can be even more challenging to cope with. What should you do to support yourself and your family during this difficult time?

Seek emotional support.

Consider seeking support from grief counselors, support groups, or trusted friends who can help you navigate your emotions. Remember, taking care of your mental health is just as important as handling the practical aspects following a wrongful death.

Gather documentation.

You will need several copies of your loved one’s death certificate for various purposes, including making claims and transferring assets. You should also keep records of everything related to your case, including medical expenses and records, funeral costs, loss of income, and any correspondence with insurance companies or other involved parties.

Speak to a wrongful death lawyer.

It is crucial to consult with a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. Look for an attorney who is experienced in wrongful death claims and compassionate about your situation. An attorney will explain the legal process, the deadline for filing a lawsuit, who can file the claim and the types of damages that you might be entitled to receive.

Your lawyer will also help investigate the circumstances of your loved one’s death. This may involve hiring private investigators, gathering evidence, and interviewing witnesses to build a strong case.

Consider the financial impact of a loss.

The sudden loss of a loved one is not only emotionally devastating but can also have significant financial repercussions on a family. In the immediate aftermath of a death, families must contend with medical bills, funeral costs and other expenses. Especially if the deceased was a primary breadwinner, this loss can also leave a family struggling to pay bills without their income for some time after the loss.

Thankfully, a wrongful death lawsuit can address both the immediate and long-term financial impact of the loss of a loved one. They can also receive damages for the pain and suffering their loved one experienced before death.

While no amount of money can compensate for the loss of a loved one, families have the right to seek financial restitution. The damages they receive can ensure that you have the support you need as you weather the challenges of a loss.