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Steps to Take in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
If you’ve been placed in the unfortunate position of having someone close to you pass away as a result of negligence, what is the first thing you should be doing? It’s probably one of the last things you’re thinking about — you need to find the best trial lawyer, meet with them, and get the process moving immediately. Why is that? Because it has to be investigated immediately. Typically, it’s going to involve a wreck of some kind, and we need to get investigators out immediately to secure the evidence. If we don’t, it disappears. The defense industry, including the insurance folks, make sure that happens.
When you contact a good trial lawyer who knows what they’re doing, ask them this: How many of these cases have you tried? How many of these cases have you won? Most importantly, when you sit down with that person, ask yourself this: Do I trust him? With my clients in these cases, they’re going through the most difficult period of their life, typically. They’re grieving. When we can have and build mutual trust, it allows me to make the process – it’s not going to be painless, but it’s going to be as smooth as possible.
Select a Wrongful Death Attorney
If you’re reading this, it’s possible that you’re looking for a wrongful death attorney, and it’s possible you’re doing so because you’ve lost a loved one. We treat these cases very differently, I think, because we understand, going in, that the family is going to be suffering. That’s the nature of this type of case. What we do, apart from respecting you and apart from knowing that the family is suffering, is take care of everything. If that means that someone is being prosecuted for the death of a loved one, we take care of that, if need be. Court is a difficult thing; we’re there with you.
The bottom line is that we understand, because we’ve handled so many of these cases, that they have to be handled in a much different way than a typical case. You’re going to have one, two or three good lawyers working for you to try to get someone held accountable for what they did to your loved one.
Determine the Value of a Wrongful Death Claim
What is the value in Wisconsin for wrongful death cases? At the point of time when I first meet the client, the honest answer is, “I don’t know.” The reason is because we’ve got to do our due diligence. We have to get all the facts. There are a lot of factors that go into valuing a wrongful death case – your occupation, your age, etc. There will come a point in time where I will have all the information; at that point, I can give you a range. Ultimately, though, you’re going to know and you’re going to tell me that I have authorization to ask for “x” from the insurance company. My job is to get you full and fair compensation, so you will have that number when I have all the facts. Until then, really, we can’t talk about money because we don’t know enough about the case. If you have this type of a case, we’re very successful, and we’re incredibly experienced in this type of case. Give us a call. We can help.
Beneficiaries in a Wrongful Death Claim
In a wrongful death case, who are the surviving beneficiaries in order? This is statutory. The first is the spouse. The second are the children. The third are the parents. Finally, the fourth, are the siblings. If you have a wrongful death case and have more questions, we can help you. Give us a call.
Contact Our Wrongful Death Attorneys
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence in Wisconsin, you may have questions about what steps to take in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Contact Keberle, Patrykus & Laufenberg, LLP, today to consult with an experienced Washington County wrongful death attorney.
We can help you recover the full and fair compensation your family deserves.
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