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What are the Steps in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

When a tragedy such as a wrongful death occurs, it can send the family and friends left behind feeling devastated and confused. 

Though a wrongful death lawsuit cannot bring someone back or heal the emotional trauma of the death, it can help alleviate some of the associated financial strain: medical bills, loss of income, and more. It can also help get the victim’s loved ones the answers they seek during the grieving process.

This all can seem complicated and daunting, but we want to make filing a wrongful death lawsuit as stress-free as possible for you. That’s why we’ve created this article for you to rely on as a resource during a challenging time.  

How to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit? Here are the Steps

Choose Your Lawyer

1. Choose Your Lawyer

Since these cases can be highly sensitive as well as complex, you’ll need to choose the right attorney. That lawyer should be knowledgeable about wrongful death cases, and they should also be someone you trust. During a difficult process such as this, your lawyer needs to understand how challenging of a time it is for you and handle the situation accordingly.  

2. Prepare Evidence and Needed Documentation

Once you’ve chosen an attorney, they’ll walk you through gathering all of the official evidence and documentation the case requires. Depending on the case, these needs will vary. But your lawyer should have the expertise to walk you through it, regardless of the specific situation. 

3. Seek a Settlement or a Trial

At this point, your attorney has gathered all pertinent information and documentation. Now they’ll communicate with the defendant to discuss settlement offers. Often, insurance companies will try to settle low, devaluing the claim. That pushes these cases to court trials in many instances. 

4. Recover Your Damages

If you choose a settlement, you’ll recover your damages at that point. If not, it’ll go to trial, and the result will determine the damages awarded.

Now that you have an overview of this process, we hope you feel a bit more comfortable moving forward. At Sandel Law Firm, we have the experience to get you through this challenging process in the easiest possible way. Call us now for your free consultation (844-763-5529) or click here!

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