Losing a loved one is painful, but an unexpected loss due to the mistake of another can be devastating. You can encounter a significant amount of loss associated with the death. However, you can file a wrongful death claim to receive compensation. California provides in-depth information about who can file and receive the economic portion of the compensation.
Here are three mistakes to avoid when filing a wrongful death claim.
Discussing the case
After filing a wrongful death claim, you should avoid discussing the case. Undoubtedly, it can be challenging to deal with the pain of a loved one’s loss and be unable to talk it out. This may even be more difficult if the case is in public knowledge. Even though you can speak to close loved ones to express your feelings, you should avoid discussing facts about the case.
Filing a claim too late
Waiting too long to file a wrongful claim can work to your disadvantage. While you may want to take time to collect enough evidence for a stronger case, you should observe the statute of limitations. In California, you can file a wrongful claim within two years. The sooner you do it, the better.
You can seek legal assistance to have a team help you with the case while you deal with the death, including funeral arrangements and healing.
Speaking to the insurance company
The insurance company of the party that caused your loved one’s death may contact you. Regardless of how concerned they may sound, they are not on your side. They want to provide as little payout as they can. For this reason, you should avoid speaking to them.
Filing a wrongful death claim can be complicated. However, with legal guidance, you should make the right moves.