It’s always a tragedy when a loved one is killed in an accident. You can never be prepared for such an occurrence. Beyond the love you have lost, you may be forced to worry about costly financial expenses. If someone else is deemed to be responsible for the death of your family member, you may be able to file a lawsuit in civil court seeking compensation for what you have lost.
Any person can file a lawsuit on their own. It is often a better choice to hire legal representation in order to receive the highest amount of damages possible. These are some things to look for when you are seeking a wrongful death attorney.
1. Settlements for Everyone
Beware of the attorney that advertises high settlements for every client. While everyone feels they should be rewarded a large financial compensation for the wrongful death of a loved one, this is simply not always going to happen. Each case is unique and no attorney can promise each of their clients a huge settlement package. An attorney who advertises such a thing may not be lying outright, but they are bending the truth in a significant way.
Attorneys have reputations within the legal community. Ask around about some of the wrongful death attorneys in your area. If you know an attorney, ask them who they would recommend. If you don’t know an attorney, seek the advice of your local or state law society. You can also check to see if anyone has issued a formal complaint against the attorneys you are considering.
3. Ask for a Consultation
Your relationship with a wrongful death attorney is personal. You should feel comfortable with this person and be willing to be frank with them. Most wrongful death attorneys offer a free initial consultation. Make an appointment with a few different attorneys and see which one suits you the best. There is absolutely nothing wrong with “shopping” around for an attorney.
Don’t be shy about discussing cost during your consultations. You should know what kind of payment plan the attorneys expect. Do they anticipate the payment of a retainer up front? Will they work on a contingency basis? Each individual attorney chooses how much they will charge and how often they will charge. If the attorney does work on a contingency basis, ask how much they will be taking out of your settlement if your case is successful.
You should find out how many cases your attorney will be working on at once. Look at the size of a law firm. If you go with a large firm, you can reasonably expect that some aspects of your case will be handed to junior members of the team. A smaller firm may be able to give your case more personalized attention.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions of any attorney you are considering for your case. If a loved one has been killed as the result of someone’s error or negligence in San Luis Obispo, we are here for you. Reach out to our team today, and schedule your free consultation. We are happy to answer your questions and provide you with your legal options.