Washington DC Wrongful Death Lawyer
After the unexpected loss of a loved one, surviving family members are left to make sense of the situation as they struggle to adjust to this loss emotionally and, often, financially. Things like funeral costs, end-of-life medical treatment, and the loss of financial support from the decedent can all serve to complicate an already difficult situation. Fortunately, surviving family members are often entitled to compensation in the event that their loved one died as a result of the negligent or reckless behavior of another party. While no amount of money will be able to undo this tragic loss, survivors should not have to bear the financial impact of this loss in addition to the emotional toll this experience will undoubtedly have on them.
Personal injury law provides a legal pathway for victims of other parties’ behaviors to seek financial compensation for a range of impacts, known as “damages,” that they have suffered — and may continue to suffer — as a result of the accident and associated injuries. If the accident was fatal, surviving family members and dependents can file a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the at-fault party (or, more commonly, their liability insurance) to recover these damages. From a legal perspective, wrongful death cases are very similar to non-fatal personal injury cases except for a few important factors that will be discussed in further detail below.
Contact Balkin & Mausner for a Free Consultation After a Wrongful Death
Our Washington DC law firm offers a free consultation for the survivors of wrongful death. We can discuss the accident in detail and provide specific examples of the type of support that we can provide. We understand how overwhelming this time in your life can be, and we hope to give you a sense of relief knowing that there is a team of dedicated legal professionals who are willing to fight for the money you are owed after this tragic loss.
As you try to move forward with your life, the uncertainty of your legal case can add more anxiety to a situation that is already fraught with stress and grief. We are here to answer your questions and give you a better idea of how we can handle this case on your behalf.
The sooner you contact our law firm, the sooner you can take your focus away from the legal issues surrounding wrongful death and start focusing on healing.
Why Work With a Personal Injury Lawyer For a Wrongful Death Claim?
The emotional stresses that come with the loss of a loved one are substantial. Typically, a significant amount of administrative work must be done to settle accounts, update legal information, and more that can all serve to overwhelm those left behind. At the same time, survivors may be preparing to take legal action against the at-fault party in order to recover damages.
Insurance Companies Are Focused on Settling For Cheap
Filing an insurance claim is, superficially, a straightforward process that can be completed with the help of the claims adjuster assigned to the case. Unfortunately, simply following the adjuster’s guidance will rarely result in a claimant getting the money they deserve. Insurance companies and their representatives are focused on settling claims for as little as possible. They will engage in aggressive tactics to achieve this goal regardless of a claimant’s rights and needs.
For the best chance of getting what you are rightfully owed, partnering with an attorney is an excellent option in this situation.
Getting The Money You Deserve Requires a Detailed Investigation of Actual Damages
When a claims adjuster takes on a new case, they will look at high-level damages such as medical bills, burial costs, and income-based losses. The reality is that they have neither the time nor incentive to identify all of these impacts and offer a comprehensive settlement to the claimants.
To ensure that you are working towards a settlement or award that accurately reflects the widespread impacts this loss has had — and will continue to have — on your life, you or your attorney will need to take on a long and involved investigation that identifies and quantifies a host of damages. Once these damages are laid out, negotiation is almost sure to follow.
Focus On Your Needs While an Attorney Fights For Your Payment
Once your lawyer has compiled a full collection of the damages you are owed, as well as their dollar amounts, they will submit a demand letter to the insurer that outlines these impacts and makes a case for why you deserve the requested amount. Insurance companies hope to settle claims for as little as possible and will likely reject this letter and make a low offer of their own. In many instances, a claimant who does not have experienced legal support may be overwhelmed by how aggressively the insurance company denies any opportunity to negotiate or discuss higher compensation and settle for far less than they deserve.
When the team at Balkin & Mausner is handling your wrongful death claim or lawsuit, you will not need to worry about investigating, calculating, or negotiating your settlement. After years of experience and a history of successful wrongful death cases, we understand this process and are willing to do what it takes to reach a fair outcome on your behalf.
Partner With Our Personal Injury Firm Before Initiating Your Wrongful Death Claim
When you start a wrongful death claim with legal representation, the insurance company knows that you are equipped with the information and support you need to fight for the money you deserve. Insurance adjusters often use intimidation tactics or twist a claimant’s words to resolve a claim for less than what is truly owed. When your attorney handles all communication, they will not be able to use these “gotcha” opportunities to downplay your damages or attempt to dismiss their client’s faults due to procedural errors or semantics.
Contact us as soon as possible to speak directly with an experienced Washington DC wrongful death lawyer and get started on the fight for the money you deserve today.