When Should I Get an Attorney After a Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death claims are typically complex, so Ellis Injury Law strongly recommends hiring a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. With so many facts that need to be proven and so much at stake, the right attorney can pay off to the tune of millions of dollars for your family.
Level the playing field
As heart-wrenching as it is to unexpectedly lose an innocent loved one due to the negligence of another person, which may give rise to a wrongful death claim, make no mistake about it: the defendants in these cases will do everything possible to minimize the amount that you and your family recover. They will have highly-paid insurance adjusters, attorneys, and other experts on their side. If you attempt to handle this all by yourself, getting the best of the other side in legal proceedings will be a tall task. Instead, by entrusting your case to a qualified wrongful death attorney that has handled cases similar to yours, you can help maximize your financial recovery and refuse to let the other side push you around.
What are some common wrongful death accidents?
Wrongful death lawsuits can arise out of a number of different situations, including the following:
- Car, bus, and truck accidents
- Airplane and helicopter crashes
- Slip and fall accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Drunk driving accidents
- Premises liability cases
- Workplace accidents
- Animal bites
Why time is in short supply
In order for you to prevail, many of these cases will require extensive evidence from the scene of the accident/injury. Time is often of the essence in these cases, as with each day that passes, some or all of the evidence may disappear. Having a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer that can get started immediately in tracking down and preserving the evidence you need to win can make or break your case.
Do not let the defendant take advantage of you
The defendant’s insurance company wants to minimize the amount that you recover and will do whatever it takes to make that a reality. From their perspective, the ideal situation is that you either never hire an attorney and therefore accept a settlement offer significantly below what your case truly merited, or you delay in hiring an attorney and in the process either make statements on the record that hurt your case or allow key evidence to expire or disappear.
These cases may also require expert testimony and multiple depositions taken from the other side in order to make your case. Wrongful death lawyers with experience handling these cases and a deep network of experts willing and able to testify on your behalf can turn the tables of your case in your favor.
What types of damages can you get?
In wrongful death lawsuits, there are two main types of damages for which you are eligible: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages seek to compensate you for financial losses and expenses that you have incurred due to the negligent act of the defendant. This can include the cost of medical care, burial and funeral expenses, lost wages, and lost earning capacity. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are awarded to compensate you for non-financial losses and injuries that you have suffered due to the defendant’s negligence. This includes pain and suffering, the loss of emotional support, and the close relationship that you have lost as a result of this wrongful death of your loved one.
Clients trust us to get results
You may already know that Ellis Injury Law has been serving Southern California for over 25 years and that we have recovered over $350 million on behalf of our clients. However, you may not have heard about our staggering 99% success rate for cases that we accept.
Hiring an attorney as soon as possible is crucial when it comes to your wrongful death case. By delaying, you may forfeit the opportunity to make some key legal maneuvers early in the process, and you may actually lose some of the best evidence you have for your case.
Zero fees unless you win
At Ellis Injury Law, our phone lines are always on, and we are ready to work with you. Call us today for your free consultation. No fees are charged unless you prevail.