What are My Legal Options in a Wrongful Death Case?

by Stryder James Wegener on Nov. 01, 2018

Accident & Injury 

Summary: If your loved one passed away due to the negligence and/or recklessness of another, you are likely in a lot of emotional anguish.


 

If your loved one passed away due to the negligence and/or recklessness of another, you are likely in a lot of emotional anguish. You may be unsure of where to turn. You may be considering contacting a wrongful death lawyer. Emerald City Law Group can help. We have experience in an array of legal situations, and we can guide you through the process of filing the appropriate claim and paperwork. Contact us today to schedule a free and confidential case consultation with a skilled wrongful death lawyer.

What Options Do I Currently Have?

Following the death of a loved one, you may not be sure about what legal route you should take. Some options in a wrongful death case include:

You can settle your wrongful death case.
If your loved one was killed in a car accident, on a dangerous property, or another situation that is covered by insurance, you will likely file a claim with an insurance company. One outcome that could develop after filing such a claim is a wrongful death settlement. The insurer you deal with may try to settle as quickly and cheaply as possible with a low-ball offer. This initial offer is usually much lower than you and your deceased loved one deserve. By working with a skilled wrongful death lawyer from Emerald City Law Group, you can fight for a settlement amount that will cover your losses.

You can take your claim to court.
If the insurance company does not make an acceptable offer, or if there is no insurance involved, you may file a wrongful death lawsuit. It’s important to file a lawsuit as quickly as possible in this situation, as there is a strict statute of limitations that may prevent you from collecting financially on a claim.

It’s best to work with a wrongful death lawyer to navigate a case. An attorney can file your lawsuit, conduct an independent investigation, gather evidence, engage in the discovery process, and argue your case in court.

You may participate in a criminal trial to seek justice.
Some wrongful death cases are directly related to criminal activity. If the person who caused your loved one’s death engaged in criminal activity, you may be asked to participate in a criminal trial to convict the responsible party. This can give you satisfaction through a sense of justice.

You can file a civil lawsuit against someone who has been convicted of a crime in which your loved one was the victim. Although criminal court proceedings are separate from the civil lawsuit, you may use similar evidence and any conviction as proof that the person should compensate you for the death of your loved one.

Need Help With Your Wrongful Death Case? Contact Us Today

Life can be extremely difficult after the unexpected death of a loved one. It’s important to take care of yourself and your family during this challenging time. Emerald City Law Group can handle the legal issues while you focus on grieving. Contact us today for more information about your rights in a wrongful death case.

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