If You've Lost Someone in an Auto Accident, You Should Consult a Fatal Injury Attorney
There are millions of cars out on the road everyday making it hard to avoid accidents and fatalities. To make matters worse, there are many out there who choose to text and drive, drive under the influence, and just be plain reckless, causing innocent people to die, resulting in their loved ones seeking the services of a fatal injury attorney. We never expect ourselves or our loved ones to be involved in a car accident, much less a fatal one, but due to the negligence of others, it is a very real possibility.
When you receive a call telling you a loved one has died in a car accident, it can be difficult to process the world around you. This makes it extremely difficult to think about the future and what your next step should be. As such, it is imperative to call a Fatal Injury Attorney like Scott Harper.
When you or a loved one is involved in a fatal car accident, especially with another driver, it it is likely that the other driver could be at fault, either in whole or in part. DO NOT LET SOMEONE ELSE TELL YOU YOUR LOVED ONE WAS AT FAULT, that is almost never the entire story. As such, you need to contact an attorney immediately in order to preserve evidence and ensure that you or a loved one is taken care of financially.
Wrongful Death Claims
A fatal injury attorney knows what types of claims are relevant in a wrongful death case. There are multiple claims that you could pursue and multiple elements that factor into those claims. For example, if you have lost a spouse in a fatal accident you can recover for loss of consortium (i.e loss of personal relationship). Moreover, as a surviving spouse, you can recover not only for the loss of relationship, but also for the spouse’s destruction of power to earn money and contribute to your family income.
Beyond that, the deceased individual will have claims against the at-fault driver for pain and suffering, as well as lost wages. Even more still, if the deceased had children, the children may be able to recover for the loss of their loved one. There are several different avenues of recovery when an individual has passed away and trying to pursue these claims without an experienced attorney can cost you hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars.
It is imperative that you contact an attorney like Scott Harper immediately following the accident. Harper Law Co., PLLC will not skip a beat in obtaining employment records, evidence of certifications/licenses for truck drivers, lost wage economist reports, accident reconstruction, and much more.
Benefits of Hiring a Fatal Injury Attorney
As I am sure you are aware, this can all be overwhelming as well as time consuming and is just one small part of the work that goes into a wrongful death claim. By hiring an attorney, they will be responsible of handling all that and more, relieving you of significant stress while you are given time to grieve.
A personal injury attorney’s familiarity with the laws and their experience with other similar cases lend them the ability to know exactly what to do. They know the deadlines, the best plan of action, and most importantly what and what not to say. If you decided to pursue a claim by yourself, you will get stuck talking with an insurance agent from the opposing insurance company. The insurance agent has one goal in mind and that is to find a way to settle for the least amount of money or prevent settling at all. As a result, many times all the conversations that you have over the phone are recorded and anything you say can be used against you. While you may not think you are saying anything damaging to your case, insurance agents are trained to lead you into saying something damaging and to go back and pick out anything that they can use against you.
Another benefit to hiring a personal injury attorney is that they will also continue to help you once the case is settled. After a settlement you may still have outstanding liens to doctors, hospitals, funeral homes, etc. that need to be paid, along with the probate matter. An experienced attorney can help you settle those liens and can be at your side during the entire probate process.
Personal injury attorneys are crucial when pursuing a case against an at-fault driver in a fatal accident and it is important to hire one as soon as possible. They are there to help you and they are driven to get the best outcome for you and/or your family. Personal injury attorneys are substantially more knowledgeable and experienced in the legal and personal injury field and as a result will be by your side, at the accident scene, and in the courtroom protecting your personal and financial interests at an emotionally draining time.
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