The unexpected loss of a family member because of someone else’s negligence is a tragedy that has life-altering consequences. Surviving family members are not only grieving, but they have to face the reality of life without that person. If the person who died was the family’s provider, there may be significant financial ramifications as well. The insurance company of the liable person or business will likely have to pay out damages, but their primary interest is in paying out as little as possible. This often means the family will find it difficult to get fair compensation from the insurance company in a wrongful death claim.
If you accept the first offer from an insurance company, you’ll almost never get all of the money you’re entitled to. Consulting with an attorney before accepting any offer from an insurance company is crucial. A wrongful death attorney has experience dealing with insurance companies and can help you recover full damages.
Why You Need a Wrongful Death Attorney
If your family is experiencing financial distress after losing a loved one, you might feel pressured to accept whatever an insurance company offers. Additionally, when an insurance adjuster contacts you, it’s possible you might say or do something to jeopardize your claim. Before you speak to an insurance company, you should talk to an attorney, so you don’t leave money on the table or provide information to an adjuster that you shouldn’t.
Wrongful death cases are often highly contested, even when liability for the death is clear. Insurance companies have a distinct advantage when they deal with survivors who don’t have an attorney, and they will take advantage of that. An experienced attorney is prepared for their unfair tactics and knows how to get you the compensation you deserve, even if it means going to trial.
When you and your family are facing a wrongful death situation, you should not deal with insurance companies on your own. Call Coy H. Browning to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.