After the death of a loved one caused by negligence, there are plenty of legal issues to consider. However, for those experiencing the loss, this can be a very difficult time for them, making it something that they should not have to try to navigate on their own.
It’s important to hire an attorney who can help you fully understand what rights and options you may have to move forward. Legal matters can be difficult when you are unsure of what to do, so having an advocate who is familiar with the laws can help you. Here are some reasons why you should hire a lawyer.
Putting Together the Necessary Resources
When you hire a legal professional, you are not just getting a skilled advocate; you’re also getting the resources to which they have access. Such resources can include an investigator and access to the accident report, autopsy and medical records, as well as experts, including accident reconstructionists, economists, life care planners, civil engineers and many other professionals who can help prove fault and damages.
These are things that you may not be able to access on your own and which are necessary to meet the burden of proof imposed upon Plaintiffs at trial. It’s imperative to have sound persuasive evidence when proving negligence in a legal matter, especially in cases involving wrongful death where the family needs compensation and justice to move forward.
Fighting the Fight Against the Insurance Company
The insurance company is not your friend, and no matter how nice they are to you, they are only looking out for their own interests and profits. As such, they want to pay out as little as possible when their policyholder is negligent and causes a fatal injury. They do this by either disputing liability, even if fault is clear, and/or by trying to minimize the damages claimed by the injured party, even if the damages are beyond dispute.
With a skilled lawyer on your side, you can combat these tactics from the insurance company and work to hold the negligent party fully accountable. An experienced attorney understands the problems that may exist and will work with you, to strategize and discuss your options and what to expect next.
Our San Jose wrongful death attorneys are dedicated to helping you seek the most favorable outcome possible. Your family deserves some closure and our team at Caputo & Van Der Walde, LLP can help you throughout the process.