Dealing with a loved one's wrongful death can be overwhelming and stressful, so finding a good lawyer to work with is crucial. Your wrongful death attorney will provide you with the support you need and help ensure that you get the justice you and your family deserves. Here are a few questions to ask when choosing a wrongful death lawyer to work with:
What Kind of Experience Do You Have?
Medical malpractice, vehicle accidents, and gross negligence are just a few situations that could turn into a wrongful death case. No matter what circumstances led to your loved one's wrongful death, you need to find a lawyer to work with who has experience with the specific circumstances you are dealing with.
A lawyer who works on a large variety of different types of wrongful death cases may not have the experience needed to serve you effectively when all is said and done. So if your loved one was a victim of medical malpractice, make sure that a large number of the cases your chosen wrongful death attorney has worked on are related to medical malpractice.
Are Consultation Meetings Free?
You'll likely want to meet with your wrongful death lawyer in person several times while your lawsuit is being settled. And if you have to pay a fee for each consultation appointment you schedule, you can expect your legal bills to balloon pretty quickly. So it's a good idea to make sure that the lawyer you decide to hire offers at least one free consultation meeting as part of their services.
Your lawyer should be able and willing to meet with you on at least one occasion after your initial meeting without charging you a hefty service fee for their time. Since you're paying them to do the legwork for your case, you should expect them to consult with you and keep you in the loop at no additional charge.
How Will Negotiations Be Handled?
Your wrongful death lawyer will likely have an opportunity to negotiate a settlement with the other party before your case ends up in court. So you need to know how negotiations would be handled by any prospective attorney you consider hiring. Will they do all they can to keep your case out of court, even if it means settling for a payment amount that's less than what you expected, or will they stick with the numbers you've agreed on and take your case to court if necessary?
Your lawyer should be willing to negotiate on your behalf to settle your case as long as the settlement is in your best interest. If they can't negotiate a fair deal, they shouldn't be afraid to head to court. Choose a lawyer who has both successfully negotiated deals in the past and also won cases in the courtroom.