Losing a loved one is emotionally difficult for your family. But, if such loss is not expected and resulted from another person’s action, it can be particularly painful for those left behind. Your family will have to deal with both the emotional grief and additional financial expense of giving this loved one proper burial and carrying on with your life without their support. Although you will not want to put a price tag on your loved one’s life, your family gets essential compensation by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Stewart Miller Simmons Trial Attorneys can help your family get justice as well as financial support and security to help offset your loss. They will make sure you can avoid making mistakes that can harm your case. These include the following:

Letting Family Understandings Get in the Way

Your loved one’s death will cause high tension among family members. It can be difficult to initiate peaceful conversations and make decisions. You will have disagreements; however, it is important to trust and listen to one another in this difficult time. Without proper communication, more errors can be made. 

Speaking with the Media About the Event

Depending on how facts and the severity of your case, news media outlets may be interested in it. Thus, the public may know that a tragic death happened in the community. But, you should avoid speaking with other people about your loved one’s death, particularly news media. Any statement you make may be used against you in your case. Also, public statements may damage the integrity of your decedent and the credibility of your family. Also, it may downplay the negligent party’s fault. 

Communicating with the Insurer

The negligent party’s insurance company may try to get in touch with you and make a settlement offer. However, remember that they are not on your family’s side and may refuse to pay your family compensation. The opposing side may misrepresent your statement and use it against you. Thus, you should avoid talking to the insurance company no matter how they try to convince you to speak. Always consult your attorney first before speaking with the opposing party.

Accepting a Settlement Offer without Consulting Your Lawyer

Before you agree to any settlement offer, consult your lawyer first. When you accept an offer, you won’t be able to ask for additional compensation from the insurance company in the future. Your attorney knows the value of your claim and won’t settle for less.