When a loved one dies, money typically is not going to be the first thing on your mind. However, recovering compensation is often a necessary step in rebuilding your life after a tragic loss. This is especially true in cases where the lost loved one was the primary provider for the family.
At 1Law, we are dedicated to helping those who have lost a loved one unexpectedly through this challenging period. We know that no amount of money can ever make up for the loss of a loved one. However, we also know the financial burden that this loss can place upon a family. Contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation.
The first step in recovering compensation for a lost loved one is to determine if you have a valid claim. If your loved one died as a result of negligence or intentional harm by another party, you have the right to recover compensation on their behalf.
Determining liability can often be challenging. When you hire a wrongful death attorney, one of the first actions they will take will be to assess who is at fault for the death of your loved one.
If a loved one dies needlessly, you can attempt to pursue compensation on your own. However, you are unlikely to be satisfied with the result. Wrongful death cases can be very complicated, and without legal expertise in the matter, you are unlikely going to be able to recover the money needed.
While incredibly unfortunate, insurance companies are more interested in profits than people. They will work hard to ensure you recover as little money for your claim as possible. With the help of a wrongful death attorney, you can fight back against the predatory practices used by these companies to get the money you deserve.
Another reason to hire a lawyer is so that you can focus your attention on more important things. After a wrongful death, you and your family will likely be struggling in many ways. Spending time with your family can help ease the burden the loss has placed upon you all.
After a loved one dies, it can weigh heavily upon you in many ways. If you lost a loved one due to the negligence of another party, you can receive compensation for both your financial and personal losses. These losses are divided between economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages cover the monetary losses you suffered as a result of your loved one’s death. Any expenses you incur or income you lose because of this death fall into this category. Economic damages cover both current and future losses sustained from a wrongful death. Common economic damages in a wrongful death case include:
The rest of the losses you suffer fall into this category. Non-economic damages are often profound, and this is especially the case in wrongful death cases. When your loved one dies, the impact on your life can be devastating. Common non-economic damages you may be eligible to receive after a wrongful death include:
Depending on the actions of the liable party, your case may also qualify for punitive damages. These damages are assessed in cases where the at-fault party acted in a manner that was criminally negligent or carried out with willful and wanton disregard for public safety.
Wrongful death attorneys do not charge their clients based on the number of hours spent working on their cases. Instead, these lawyers charge based on results, and their fee is directly tied to the amount of money their client receives.
When you hire a wrongful death attorney, you will agree to pay them a set percentage of the money you recover from the liable party at the completion of your case. This system helps ensure honesty among wrongful death lawyers since the amount they collect rises or falls based on how much they can get their clients.
If your lawyer fails to get you any money for your case, then all of the work they put in will have been done for free. Since you never pay a wrongful death lawyer directly, anyone can hire their services, regardless of financial standing.
When you are planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit, it is critical that you pay attention to the statute of limitations. In Utah, the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit is far shorter for a wrongful death case than for a personal injury claim. Generally, those who have lost a loved one will have two years from the date of the death to file a lawsuit.
However, special circumstances may apply to your case that alter how much time you have to file. The best way to make sure that you meet all deadlines and protect your right to claim compensation is by hiring an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible after your loved one passes.
At 1Law, we will take care of all of your legal worries so that you can focus on the other burdens that come with losing a loved one. We work diligently to ensure that our clients recover the money they need to help them put their lives back together after this great loss.
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