If you have recently lost a loved one in an accident, you’ll need to take some time to process what has happened and to grieve. Grief is not a linear process, and there will be days when you’ll feel angry, resentful, or even numb. It is important that you take the time to heal from your loss and seek professional guidance for the sake of your mental health.
If you believe that another person’s negligent actions were responsible for your loved one’s death, you probably want to take action to hold them responsible. You can do this by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. The following are some considerations to make before doing so.
Make sure that you’re ready emotionally
You shouldn’t engage in a lawsuit if you are still in the process of coming to terms with your loved one’s death. While there’s never an ideal time to file a wrongful death lawsuit, be prepared for the emotional upheaval that it may involve. (By the same token, you can’t wait too long to file a claim because there are time limits that apply.)
Have evidence of negligence
For a wrongful death lawsuit to be successful, there will need to be evidence of negligence or wrongdoing. Therefore you will need to have good reason to believe that the wrongful actions of another person or entity led to your loved one’s death.
Make sure that you have legal standing
The laws regarding who can file a wrongful death claim are very specific. To find out if you have the legal right to file this claim, you may need to speak to an attorney.
If you have recently lost a loved one to a tragic accident and you are suffering financially, it’s important that you take action so you are able to support yourself in the future.