Depending on your needs, you’ll want different types of attorneys.
And – you will also want one who truly understands you…and understands the law.
When You Need a Wrongful Death Attorney, You Want to Choose Carefully
Dealing with the death of a loved one is never going to be easy. From the emotional distress you are experiencing to all the financial stress you must deal with, a family member’s death is always going to be hard.
Add to that an unexpected death, and things get even more difficult.
But… an unexpected death that is also a wrongful death is the hardest to deal with.
Yes, death is hard. But having a loved one die because of someone else’s negligence is one of the worst things you will ever have to endure.
This is what is called wrongful death.
And you’ll need an experienced wrongful death attorney to help you through this time.
Let’s look at exactly what is considered wrongful death, and how you can find the right Los Angeles wrongful death attorney to help you navigate through this difficult time, and get you the help you need.
What, Exactly, Is Considered Wrongful Death?
Basically, what this means is this: if someone causes your loved one’s death, there is reason for you to wonder if that death could have been prevented.
If so, then it is considered a wrongful death, and compensation may be due to you and your surviving family members.
Why Can I Get Compensated for My Loved One’s Death?
Think about it… if your loved one was in a fatal accident and that accident now means that you or your family members are going to financially suffer because of it, then you have every reason to file a wrongful death Los Angeles lawsuit against the person responsible.
There are so many reasons to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
The first reason is straightforward… after the unexpected death of your family member, there are likely to be medical bills that need to be paid.
Who should be responsible for paying those medical expenses?
There is no reason why the burden of those medical bills should be put on you. If there is a person at fault for your loved one’s death, then they should be held accountable for any and all medical costs associated with the deceased person’s death.
Second, there are going to be other expenses as well.
Sadly, you will have funeral expenses and burial expenses to contend with as well.
You may have other burial expenses, such as travel expenses for a family or lost wages due to the time you have to miss from work to take care of all the funeral arrangements that have to be attended to.
Don’t make light of how much of a financial burden these costs can add up to.
Expecting financial compensation for these funeral and burial expenses is not uncommon nor unreasonable.
This is where a good wrongful death attorney can help you understand what you’re entitled to.
Finally, another significant reason to file a wrongful death lawsuit and ask for financial compensation is that you will most likely have the need for future financial support after your loved one’s death, especially if their death resulted in leaving behind people who were financially dependent on them before they died.
Let’s face it… most of us at some point in our lives may be in a position of being financially dependent on another human being.
Whether that is a minor child, a surviving spouse, or even a business colleague who may have to recover compensation after an unexpected death of a partner, the financial burden that may result from the wrongful death of another person can be financially devastating to other people who counted on them.
None of these are pleasant things to think about while you are still grieving the loss of a loved one.
But if that loved one left behind family members or others who counted on them for their survival, then finding a wrongful death attorney to help you receive the maximum compensation is going to be imperative to your long-term financial security.
This is all overwhelming and can cause some significant emotional distress. But there is help out there when you find the right wrongful death lawyers to walk through it with you.
I am Ready to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit…Where do I Start?
Many people, when they find themselves needing legal representation, will start with the internet.
But, if you google, “wrongful death attorney Los Angeles” you are going to find yourself being inundated with law firms and will not know where to start.
Luckily, there are some things you can do to weed through all the options and find a law firm that is not only going to help you reach the maximum compensation that you and your family deserve, but you are also going to be able to find the one with whom you can work with, and you can trust.
Let’s look at some of the qualifications, qualities, and characteristics that a good wrongful death lawyer is going to have.
A Good Wrongful Death Lawyer is Going to Have the Right Qualifications
Perhaps before you look for anything else, making sure your wrongful death lawyer has the right qualifications is going to be extremely important before you can file a wrongful death suit.
You’ll want to make sure the lawyer you choose is licensed to practice law in the state of California and that he or she is in good standing with the California bar association.
You’ll also want to find out what type of education your attorney has and what his or her reputation is like in California, and Los Angeles in particular.
Make sure the personal injury attorney and the personal injury law firm that you choose have the qualifications you need to get the results you want from your wrongful death lawsuit.
A Good Wrongful Death Lawyer is Going to Have Experience
Another key component to choosing a wrongful death lawyer is making sure they have the experience necessary to fight for you and your family members and provide you with the legal representation you need to win your wrongful death lawsuit.
When anyone files for a wrongful death claim, they are going to feel overwhelmed and not completely sure about what they are doing. This, of course, is completely normal.
Remember, you and your surviving family members have gone through a tragic incident.
The financial burden that you are dealing with as well as the emotional trauma is causing it to be difficult to think straight, let alone think about attorneys and court fees and all the other challenges that come with a wrongful death claim.
This is why you need an experienced wrongful death attorney who knows what to do, how to fight for you, and what it’s going to take in order to get you the financial compensation you deserve.
At the Law Offices of John J. Perlstein, our attorneys know how to file a wrongful death lawsuit. We know what the opposing counsel is going to do, and how to best prepare you for that.
You need to make sure your personal injury attorneys fully understand California law.
We are well versed in California wrongful death statute laws and know the legal process of the courts here in Los Angeles and the Southern California region.
Finding a law firm that knows how to file wrongful death lawsuits and how to fight for you is going to be crucial for your wrongful death case.
Make sure you take the time to find the right personal injury attorneys who have the experience you need in your corner.
A Good Wrongful Death Lawyer is Going to Have Compassion
Yes, having an attorney who has the correct qualifications and plenty of experience in personal injury law is important…
But having a good wrongful death lawyer who is also going to show you compassion is tantamount, too.
You and your family have gone through more emotional trauma than some of us will experience in a lifetime. Whether you lost your loved one to a car accident, a workplace situation, or a medical malpractice failure, you have dealt with a lot.
And you deserve to have an attorney and a law firm who understands this, and can show you the compassion and care that you need at this time in your life, while also fighting for your future.
Again, a loved one’s death is never going to be easy on anyone.
Even if the death was predicted or it was time for the person to go, it’s still not easy.
But a death that is the result of another person’s negligence or misconduct is hard to handle alone. Your feelings of sadness, confusion, fear, and anger are all going to need to be processed, and having experienced lawyers who can help you work through that is going to be essential for you and your family’s long-term health.
A good personal injury law firm will start by inviting you to a free consultation when you give them a call.
Here at the Law Offices of John J. Perlstein, we will sit with you while you explain your situation and the details of the unexpected death of the deceased person. We will then walk you through how we can best help you with your wrongful death case and answer any and all questions you may have.
The First Consultation Should Always Be a Free Consultation
Under no circumstances, should you pay for that initial consultation with any personal injury law firm. Any firm that tries to tell you otherwise is not going to be working in your best interest, and you should definitely consider looking elsewhere before you hire them.
Remember, this is your life and your case. You need to find the right law firm that is going to work in your best interest and advocate for you.
A Good Wrongful Death Lawyer is Going to Have a Good Team to Help Them
Finally, it’s also important that – when you are hiring wrongful death lawyers, you also look at the team they have working alongside them.
You may not realize this, but much of the behind-the-scenes work that’s done in a law firm is done by those who work for and with the attorneys themselves.
A team is only as good as its people. And all those people are going to be part of your team as well.
When you call for your free consultation, your initial contact with our law firm will be with a person who can quickly answer your first questions and get you set up to speak with the attorney that is best going to meet your needs.
Each person after that – from our assistants to our paralegals – is going to work tirelessly to make sure your wrongful death case gets the attention it deserves, that your questions continue to be answered in a quick and straightforward way, and that any correspondence needed will be dealt with in a timely manner.
When you find yourself preparing a wrongful death claim, you need a law firm that understands how to fight aggressively for you, while also giving you the compassion and peace of mind you need at this time in your life.
Give us a call 213.252.1070 and let’s see if we can help you get the compensation you deserve.