Lawsuits cost money. You don’t just pay for your lawyer’s fee; your litigation costs will include complaint and motion filing fees, and depositions. The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System reports that while initial costs can lead to $10,000 in fees, your lawsuit can end up costing $100,000.
Clearly, your objective is to win this thing. More importantly, when you’re suing an individual or a company for wrongful death, you’re not likely to think about lawsuit expenses. More than the money you have to spend, there is the matter of getting justice for your suffering and loss. If that means hiring the best wrongful death attorney you can find, so be it.
Before Going to Trial
Wrongful death lawsuits are complicated. You need to prove that the person or business you’re suing is liable in the death of your parent, sibling, spouse, child, or family member. Proof has to exist substantiating your claim that the defendant was negligent, causing the death of your loved one. Some of the situations that allow you to bring a wrongful death case to court are medical malpractice, car crash fatalities involving negligence, and workplace negligence.
If your loved one was seriously injured due to the carelessness of another person or business, you might have a case for personal injury. If your loved one died as a result of that injury, you might have a case for wrongful death. But whether it’s one or the other, your lawsuit will have a good chance with a lawyer whose practice focuses on such cases. Start with a good lawyer, who has won several similar cases, and you’ll stay on the right track.
Managing Through a Lawsuit
Your attorney will handle the case. He or she will gather evidence, get experts to further strengthen the claim, and create appropriate strategies to secure a favorable verdict. What is your participation in the matter?
As a client, your responsibility includes providing complete, factual information. Your lawyer needs your honesty to develop an effective strategy, in court or during depositions. He or she can’t do this if a witness suddenly comes forward with the information you kept, and the other party’s lawyer uses it to their advantage. In lawsuits, such surprises are bad.
What You Post Can Hurt You
Furnishing a complete, factual information will mean giving your lawyer access to your social media accounts, too. At the very least, your wrongful death legal team needs to know what you’ve been posting or what your loved one posted before passing. Lawyers may use, and courts may consider, social media data as evidence.
As long as postings are relevant to the issues in your lawsuit, you need to disclose your past posts, messages, or videos to your lawyer. The sooner your lawyer knows about it, the more time he or she will have to prepare an argument for it.
While the lawsuit is in progress, you should also refrain from posting on Facebook or Twitter. The other party’s lawyer will use your posts to argue against your suffering, or “loss of enjoyment of life,” due to his client’s negligence.
Finally, talk to your lawyer about your chances with a trial versus a settlement. Should you make a deal? You may have a bigger risk by going ahead with a trial if an offer is on the table. Your lawyer has the obligation as well to communicate this offer from the other party. On the other hand, a trial may give you satisfaction in taking the respondents to court, and you could get a bigger compensation. While your lawyer can give you greater clarity, you will ultimately have to make the decision on your own.
Lawsuits are never easy. While you deal with trying to get justice for a loved one, you’re also coping with loss. It helps to have the right legal team on your side. The right lawyer, along with a careful approach, can help you secure a win and allow you to move forward with your life.