If you have had a loved one who has passed away, and you feel someone else is responsible for their death, you may be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the other party. While you are never legally required to hire a wrongful death attorney to assist you, there are many benefits to hiring one, especially during this emotional and trying time in your life. Here are a few of the benefits of hiring a lawyer to help you with a wrongful death claim:
A Lawyer Can Help You Determine If You Have a Case
One of the ways that hiring a lawyer to help you with a wrongful death claim can be beneficial is that you will know if you have a case or not. There is certain criteria that must be met in order to file a claim. You have to be eligible to file the claim and you have to be able to show that the other party is responsible for your loved one's death. An attorney can let you know if you meet this criteria and whether you have a compensable case or not.
A Lawyer Will File the Correct Cases Properly
Filing a wrongful death claim is not always straightforward. You have to fill out the forms correctly, file them with the courts and have them served on the other party. Additionally, if your loved one survived for a period of time after the incident that led to their death, they may have medical bills. In this instance, a personal injury claim may need to be filed to cover for those medical bills, in addition to needing to file a wrongful death claim. A lawyer can tell you what cases need to be filed and then handle everything for you, so it is done correctly.
An Attorney Can Tell You What You Are Legally Entitled To
The last benefit of hiring a lawyer to help you with a wrongful death claim is that the attorney can tell you what you are legally entitled to. If you have lost a loved one, it can be hard to place a value on their life. Many people expect more than they are legally entitled to in these cases because of this huge loss. An attorney can help ensure you know what you are entitled to, so you have realistic expectations, while also ensuring you get everything that you are entitled to.
If you have had a loved one pass away, you may be dealing with a lot. The last thing you may want to take on is a lawsuit. A law office like Blomberg Benson & Garrett will help you determine if you have a case, ensure the proper paperwork is filed for the right type of cases and help you to get everything you are legally entitled to for a wrongful death claim. If you think you may be able to file a wrongful death claim or are wondering if you can contact an attorney for a free consultation today.