Losing a loved one due to the fault of another individual can be extremely hard to take. Death is final and being able to cope with such a loss is hard. One way to help you obtain the justice you feel you deserve and potentially compensation for this fatality could rest in filing a wrongful death claim against the driver at fault. However, this can be a complicated process, and you must be capable of proving your case. It's ideal to meet with to get some of your questions answered about the details of this legal process.
Question #1: Do you meet the requirements for taking legal action?
One of the first things you should talk to your attorney about is if you're qualified to file a wrongful death claim. Only certain individuals are allowed to do so, and you must have had some relationship with the deceased.
For instance, you could be an immediate family member, dependent on this person financially, or even be considered a life partner even though you aren't legally married, but have been together a long time. There are additional situations that will enable you to take legal action, but it's ideal to consult with your legal expert for certainty.
Question #2: How do you build a strong case?
The best way for the outcome of your case to be positive for you will rest in making it as secure as possible. Your attorney can provide you with effective ways on how to do this.
Of course, two of the best ways for you to increase the chance of doing so will include having a police report that identifies the other driver for being the cause of the fatality. Additionally, having witnesses that saw the accident occur and will testify on your behalf is ideal.
Question #3: What amount of compensation should you seek?
While you can't put a dollar amount on the life of another person, you will want to be compensated for the loss of this person. There will be funeral expenses to consider, damages to the vehicle, and many others.
The benefits of filing a wrongful death case are many and may be precisely what you need to do to get the justice you rightfully deserve. Be sure to consult with a personal injury attorney like Burke Schultz Harman & Jenkinson Attorneys at Law that will work to guide you through this legal process and help provide you with a greater peace of mind.