Dealing with the loss of a loved one is perhaps the most difficult situations life can throw at us. For many people these wounds never fully heal, and even small items can trigger an emotional response. For example, hearing a song or watching a movie that was a favorite of the person who passed away. It is completely normal to experience difficult emotions, and everyone deals with death in their own way. It is common to have spells of anger, denial, trouble sleeping, depression, guilt and social isolation. Some people find that visiting a therapist or joining support groups can help get their life back on track. It is one thing to lose a loved one to a medical illness such as cancer, it is quite another to lose a loved one due to the negligence of another. Although working with an attorney and pursuing legal recourse is the last thing on a person’s mind currently, it is often the only way to seek compensation for the loss of a loved one.
What can an attorney do for you?
There is no amount of money that can replace the loss of a loved one. Wrongful death cases are not about getting a settlement to help friends and family members feel better. It is about holding at-fault parties accountable for their negligence and poor judgment. It is especially important for family members to work with an attorney if the person who died was the primary bread winner for the family. Many people find themselves in difficult situations dealing with medical bills, destroyed property, funeral expenses and of course, the lost wages that person would have collected had the accident never happened.
As we said above, no amount of money can provide compensation for the death of a loved one. However, that does not mean that grief should prevent loved ones from taking action. This is especially true in situations where a parent has children that are dependent on them to provide for them. The typical rule of thumb is that people have 2 years after the death has occurred to file a claim. Of course, you will need to address you emotional state and there are priorities to consider after an accident has taken a life. With that being said it is in your long-term best interests to speak with a wrongful death attorney in Salt Lake City as soon as possible. If you are dealing with the death of a loved one and believe someone should be held accountable consider calling The Law Offices of Roberto Hernandez today.
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