Unfortunately, fatal car accidents and workplace injuries have been on the rise in recent years. Workplace fatalities actually showed a dramatic uptick in 2016, rising as much as 7% over the number of workplace fatalities that were tallied in 2015. The same time period saw an increase of over 2,000 fatal car accidents.
These injuries and deaths, though often avoidable, happen and can devastate entire families, businesses, and even communities. If anyone of your family is involved in these horrific incidents and you end up losing them to a car accident or work-related injury, even though this will be the most difficult situation of your entire life, there are some important steps that you need to take immediately following the fatal injury.
Filing a wrongful death claim is an essential step after a fatal car accident or workplace injury. These claims will help you and your family get the financial restitution you deserve, allowing you all to, as much as you can, move on with your life. This compensation is incredibly important to families dealing with loss, both for closure and financial security. However, many wrongful death cases are lost because of simple errors and common mistakes.
Here are some common wrongful death claim mistakes to avoid at all costs:
- Not working with a trusted wrongful death attorney — During the aftermath of losing a loved one, you’ll feel more stressed and more overwhelmed than ever before. Because of this, you absolutely need the help of a professional wrongful death lawyer. These wrongful death attorneys are knowledgeable about everything from personal injury laws to finances involved after a car accident or work-related death. They will help you and your family handle these difficult times in a timely and compassionate manner.
- Waiting too long to file a claim — Though it can seem impossible to even think about legal proceedings after a loved one has died, it’s imperative that you act quickly and file the car accident or workplace death claim in a reasonable amount of time. Neglecting to do so will result in the courts refusing to hear the case, causing you and your family even more stress.
- Overlooking potentially liable parties — These wrongful death injuries aren’t always black and white, and multiple parties might end up being liable for your loved one’s death. Make sure you bring claims against all of them — not just against a single organization. Individually, those liable might not have enough insurance to cover all the damages you and your family have incurred, but when combined, their policies will likely cover everything.
If you want to learn more about filing wrongful death claims, avoid these common mistakes, and work with a trusted wrongful death attorney, contact Hayhurst Law right away.