Losing a loved one can be painful. But the pain can intensify if the death occurs due to someone else’s negligence. In such an instance, you can file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party. But will the claim be complicated?
Here is what you should know:
Investigations can take time
Since the other party’s negligence caused a death, the court will want to obtain adequate information to give an appropriate verdict. For this reason, your wrongful death claim can take time.
Your team will prove the party in question owed your loved one a duty of care, how they breached it, how the breach caused the death and the damages (economic and non-economic) the family has incurred.
Although possible, if the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death are complicated, it can be challenging to prove these elements.
It can be highly emotional
Another reason why wrongful death claims can be complicated is that they typically involve grief. You may be reminded of the loss every time you follow up on the case. And this can affect the healing process.
Further, since the claim can continue for years, you and your family may have a difficult time before it’s finalized.
Can you make the process easier?
You can make your wrongful death claim more manageable using practical strategies, such as:
- Encouraging all family members to cooperate
- Not discussing the case in public
- Not speaking with the other party’s insurance company
- Not taking the first settlement
- Approaching the case with appropriate legal guidance
These tips can help you make informed decisions during your case.
If you lost your loved one due to another person’s negligence, it’s wise to learn as much as you can about your legal rights and options.