There is nothing in life that is harder to cope with than the loss of a loved one. You and your family mourn together, reminiscing about the loved one you lost, laughing and crying.

While this period of time is ripe for family unity and to ensure everyone remains strong, there are certain things you shouldn’t do. You may be extremely emotional right now, and that’s completely understandable. 

If your loved one was lost due to a case of wrongful death, there are a few things you will want to avoid doing, no matter how tempted you may be. 

Making a Public Statement

If your loved one died in a noticeably tragic manner or in an otherwise public way, the media may report on the death of your loved one and want to speak with the family. You may even be tempted to grant the media’s request and have your family stand united in front of the camera.

This is an extremely emotional time, and putting yourself and your family in that position isn’t a great idea. It could also be used against your wrongful death claim, especially if you say something about how your loved one wasn’t perfect or might have contributed to their accident. In these cases, it’s best to keep these matters private and spend time with your family and loved ones.

Fighting With Your Family

This is a time to come together as a family and support each other. All of you are under immense pressure and great stress because of the loss of your loved one. Due to this stress, it is easier to get into a fight when what you should be doing is supporting one another. 

This is the time to put differences aside and focus on keeping the family united. There may be disagreements about funeral procedures, but remember that you’re all in this together and working together to support each other during an incredibly difficult time. If you feel yourself getting worked up, take a step back and give yourself a moment to refocus on what really matters. 

Speaking With Your Insurance

Insurance companies are in the business of making money. They do not want to pay out a wrongful death claim. Anything you say to an insurance adjuster will be used against you in settlement negotiations.

Because of this, it’s best to let your Los Angeles wrongful death attorney speak to the insurance company on your behalf. If you and a loved one both speak with an insurance company, you may provide different information which they will use to reduce the value of your claim.

Before you speak to your insurance company, speak to an attorney first. 

Delaying Justice

After the death of your loved one, you have limited time to bring a wrongful death claim against the party who caused your loved one’s death. You may assume that another family member has reached out to a wrongful death lawyer, but maybe they haven’t. You may also assume the attorney of the personal representative will handle the wrongful death claim. 

No matter what, you need to speak with a skilled and experienced wrongful death lawyer in Los Angeles. No amount of money will bring your loved one back, but it will help you move forward by making sure you don’t incur additional expenses related to your loved one’s death.

Contact a Trusted Lawyer Today

A Los Angeles wrongful death attorney can make the difference in your case. We know this is an emotional time for you, and we want you to stay focused on what really matters - you and your family. This is a time for you to heal, not worry about a wrongful death claim. Let us handle the legal complexities for you.

Contact us today or give us a call at 1-800-989-6385 for a free, no-obligation evaluation of your loved one’s wrongful death case so we can help you heal and move forward.

Peter Steinberg
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982
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