Suddenly losing a loved one from an accident can be quite traumatic and overwhelming, especially if another party’s negligence caused their death. The victim’s family isn’t just left with extreme grief and loss, but they could possibly face high financial losses such as the deceased’s medical care, burial costs, and lost future earnings. The pain and suffering the surviving family members endure are incalculable.
Though it is impossible to bring your loved one back to life, you can still pursue justice for them through a wrongful death claim.
When filing a wrongful death claim, you must have an experienced wrongful death lawyer by your side.
What is a wrongful death?
A wrongful death occurs when someone dies due to the negligence of another party. Unfortunately, wrongful deaths occur almost every day throughout the U.S.
According to the National Safety Council, around 12 people die every hour due to deadly accidents. In 2014, there were approximately 126,438 accidental deaths in the U.S. car accidents usually cause these accidents, slip and falls, unintentional ingestion of poison, choking on food, and house fires that cause smoke inhalation.
Our current legal system now has a “Wrongful Death Law” designed to help the victims receive the compensation they rightfully deserve. A wrongful death attorney can assist you with filing a wrongful death claim.
But what exactly do you need to do to hire a wrongful death lawyer?
There are many practicing wrongful death lawyers in California, and it can be quite difficult to choose the lawyer that will represent your case. Here are some tips that can help you find a wrongful death lawyer in California:
1 Do your research
The first thing you need to do is to do your research. Don’t just scroll through Google’s first page. Try to ask around your relatives, colleagues, and friends if they have any suggestions on who you should hire as your lawyer.
Try to search the lawyers available in your area on Google. If you live in Sacramento, put “wrongful death attorney in Sacramento.” Websites such as FindLaw and superlawyers can give you a list of lawyers in your area. List them down and try to narrow your list down later according to what you need.
2 Check the lawyer’s background.
Once you’ve narrowed down your choices and selected a few, try to do a background check on each of them. This is vital in determining which lawyer is the best choice for your case. Try to check their specialty and if it is related or useful for your case. For example, your loved one was involved in a fatal bus accident, choose a lawyer that has experience with fatal bus accidents.
Although you can technically hire a lawyer with minimal experience related to your case, it may affect the result of your claim.
3 Prepare a list of questions.
Come prepared. Once you’ve scheduled an interview with a potential lawyer, construct a list of questions that you need to ask them. Some questions you can ask are:
- How many years have you been working as a wrongful death lawyer?
- How many wrongful death cases do you handle annually?
- How frequently do you handle cases similar to mine?
- How many have you settled, and how many times have you gone to trial?
- May I see your track record?
Do not be shy in asking questions. Asking questions is vital in determining whether you should hire that specific attorney or choose another one. You are the client, and they must put your best interest in mind.
4 Ask them to assess your case.
You can ask lawyers to assess your case before hiring them. This can give you an idea of how well they can explain your case to you and how good their understanding of the law is.
You can ask them to assess your case, the expected financial settlement, how long your case might take, and more essential questions.
If you or someone you love is suffering or was killed due to a car accident, you are sure to have questions that you need to be answered. The lawyers from Arash Law have over 30 years of experience in solving and winning cases for their clients, and they can help you with your situation.
Call (888) 488-1391 for a free consultation with a wrongful death lawyer from Arash Law.