If you have lost a loved one and believe you have a valid wrongful death claim, an experienced and knowledgeable wrongful death attorney can be your best aide. Losing a loved one is never an easy thing, certainly not when it’s unexpected. Unfortunately, some unforeseen deaths can be the result of another person or party’s negligence. Though nothing can be done to fill the void, in situations where death was caused by negligence, filing a wrongful death suit can help provide financial compensation for the victim’s family.
Here are a few suggestions to help you find the right attorney.
Question 1: What type of negotiation experience do they have?
Many wrongful death suits can be settled outside of court through negotiations among lawyers and sometimes insurance companies. Ask the attorney about their experiences in wrongful death cases, how many have settled outside of court and how many went to trial. Keep in mind there’s a chance your case could end up in court, so it would be a good idea to ask about your attorney’s litigation skills as well.
Wrongful death and medical malpractice cases can be complex, so your lawyer must have knowledge about medicine and experience dealing with insurance companies. Make sure you’re confident in the skills and experience of the attorney you choose to work with.
Question 2: What is the success rate of their past wrongful death cases?
Aside from asking the lawyer how many cases resulted in a settlement and how many went to trial, be sure to ask about past outcomes. The attorney should have a history of previous cases and be able to share their success rate with you. Learn more about the law firm itself, including its reputation, history and background. Check out their website, conduct a quick Internet search to read reviews and ask if they have any testimonials to share.
Question 3: Who will be working on your case?
Wrongful death cases could involve the participation of a few lawyers with different areas of expertise. Before working with a firm, find out who will be involved in your case, the role that each attorney will play and who will be your direct point of contact. If you have any questions about your case, will there be anyone accessible to you on the legal team? Do they take phone calls after business hours? Ask if any of the work (such as research) will be outsourced, and be sure you’re fully comfortable with the way your case will be handled.
Make a list of a few potential lawyers, arrange for initial consultation meetings (usually these are free), ask all the questions mentioned above and for an estimated cost; then make your decision. The key is to ask the right questions. A good attorney will communicate the process to you up front and answer any questions you may have.
The attorneys at Tobias, McCormick & Comer work their cases personally. Contact us for a free initial consultation.