Wrongful death cases are devastating for the loved ones left behind to grieve. But tragically, things can get even worse.  According to All Law, wrongful death is caused by negligence or intentional harm. Wrongful death claims allow the loved ones of the deceased person to file a lawsuit against the party who is legally liable for the death. Unfortunately, the opposing parties involved in wrongful death cases often take advantage of the loved ones of the victim. In addition, many people do not understand or claim the full range of compensation allowed by wrongful death statutes in California.

Keep reading for 3 tips on how to avoid critical mistakes in a wrongful death case.

  1. Don’t Let Other Parties Take Advantage of You

Insurance companies often try to trick plaintiffs into accepting a grossly unfair settlement amount. They make their so-called “best available offers” seem generous. Really, they are taking advantage of your stress and grief. But don’t fall for this. Consult your attorney so that you can claim the full compensation that you’re entitled to. Additionally, The American Bar Association warns that in some wrongful death cases, loved ones of victims run into trouble with Medicaid unfairly depleting funds. Additionally, the party at fault will probably hire their own lawyer who will try to claim that you deserve less compensation or none at all.

2. Pursue the Full Compensation You’re Entitled To

Hint: it’s usually more than you think. In a wrongful death case, you might face costs for medical expenses, funeral expenses, and more. To make matters more complicated, your family might have lost the primary breadwinner of your household.

Depending on your case, you may also be able to collect additional damages for your pain and suffering resulting from the sudden loss of your loved one, including loss of companionship, mental anguish from the loss, and even damages for pain and suffering your loved one endured before passing away.

3. Get Expert Legal Help!

At Jeffrey E. Estes and Associates, we have the experience and tenacity required to diligently represent your case and fight for your rights! We review your loved one’s medical expenses, funeral expenses, and estimate pain and suffering based on the injuries your loved one sustained. We take the time to understand your family and how this tragedy has affected you uniquely.

Nothing can replace the person who was lost in a wrongful death. We understand that. We give space for you to grieve while we handle the legal process of wrongful death in California. Our experience in similar cases will help you understand your situation better and avoid the all-too-common ways that other parties might try to take advantage of your tragedy.

Have you lost a loved one due to someone’s else’s negligence in the San Diego area? Don’t risk even more injustice happening! Let us protect your legal rights and work towards the best possible outcome in the midst of tragedy.  And also, don’t wait! There’s a timeline for filing for a wrongful death case in California. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney today!