Losing a loved one is always a difficult experience, but when it happens because of another’s negligent or reckless behavior, the grief can be magnified. Families who have lost someone due to a preventable accident are often left with many questions and emotions. In this blog post, one of our lawyers will answer some common questions that families have when dealing with wrongful death.
What is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death refers to a fatality caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another person. Essentially, the at-fault party did not take the necessary precautions to prevent the accident from happening.
Examples of Wrongful Death
Wrongful death can occur in various situations such as car accidents, medical malpractice, injuries in the workplace, and pedestrian collisions. All of these can be considered causes of death in a wrongful death case.
What is the Difference Between “Fault” and “Negligence”?
Fault and negligence essentially mean the same thing when it comes to wrongful death cases. They both refer to the actions of the party that did not take the measures required to prevent the accident or save your loved one’s life.
What Should I Do if My Loved One is Killed Because of Negligence?
If you suspect wrongful death following your loved one’s accident, the first step is to gather all potential evidence. This includes police reports, medical records, witness statements, photos and/or videos, and bills for medical care and end-of-life expenses. This documentation is important when taking your case to an attorney. It is extremely important for you or your attorney to immediately notify the owners of any cameras in the area to preserve video evidence before the video footage is erased.
How Do I Find the Right Wrongful Death Lawyer?
Here are some Qualities to look for:
- A law firm that specializes in personal injury/wrongful death
- A law firm with a passion for helping people
- A law firm that gets results
- AV rating – This is a rating from other attorneys and Judges
- Favorable Google reviews
- Favorable AVVO rating
When choosing a lawyer, you need someone with experience in fighting hard and is willing to take your case to trial. Insurance company defense attorneys know when the other lawyer is prepared; that fact alone helps get the best settlements for wrongful death cases. Additionally, you deserve a lawyer who is compassionate and committed to your family’s needs. The Brooks Law Group is a great choice for victims in Tampa Bay who want quality representation that they can trust.
Will I Have to Go to Court?
In many cases, the answer is no. These cases can often reach a settlement without ever going to trial. With the Brooks Law Group on your side, you can trust that we will fight for you in court and around the negotiation table to seek the justice and compensation your family deserves during this difficult time.
Losing a loved one is a painful experience but losing them due to someone else’s negligence is even more devastating. It’s important to have the right legal representation when dealing with wrongful death cases. The Brooks Law Group has the experience and compassion you need to fight for your family and your loved one’s legacy. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and let us help you seek the justice and compensation you deserve.