After losing a loved one, you may have a wrongful death case on your hands. Personal injury attorneys handle these types of cases every day.
Settling or Filing a Wrongful Death Case
Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things you will ever go through. If you lost that person because of the negligent actions of another, you may be able to work with attorneys to file a wrongful death suit. The cost of paying for the funeral alone can easily reach $10,000 or more. An attorney may be able to help you decide whether to settle the case or file the case in court.
Settling Wrongful Death Cases
As you go through the grieving process, you may not prefer to go to court. Settling the case gives you the chance to seek compensation outside of the courtroom. Attorneys will work with the insurers of the responsible party to determine the amount of compensation you should get. Those insurers may include the company that gave the responsible person a homeowner’s policy or an insurer that sold the individual an automobile policy. A settlement may cover the total cost of the funeral and any future wages you will lose because of the wrongful death.
If your personal injury attorney cannot reach a settlement with the insurer, you may find yourself facing a lengthy court trial. This often occurs because the insurance company will only pay for a small portion of the compensation you deserve or because the insurer refuses to pay at all. During the trial, both parties and their attorneys will have a chance to speak. You can talk about what happened to your loved one and how his or her death will affect you in the future. There is a chance that you may receive more going to court than you would settling out of court.