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The value of legal counsel in navigating a wrongful death claim

Patricia M. Jarzobski

When a loved one of a Colorado family dies in a car accident that resulted from another person's negligence, that family's financial future may be at risk. A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed, but it is a complicated field of the law that is best navigated by an experienced attorney. A lawyer will be familiar with the steps to take to relieve the financial burden that follows an unanticipated death.

The attorney will likely start by securing all the relevant records, like medical documents and witness statements, to ensure no valuable evidence is lost. The next step will be to establish negligence. This might require an accident reconstruction along with other methods to determine fault. This step is essential because law enforcement might place the blame on the deceased driver who can no longer defend him or herself.

The lawyer will also ensure that every detail is recorded clearly and accurately, including the statements of witnesses. If they have to support the case of the plaintiff in the court case -- which might occur many months later -- the eyewitness statements can serve to prevent memory lapses and ensure accurate accounts. The attorney can also deal with insurance companies that might attempt to deny their responsibilities.

Losing a loved one in an auto accident is naturally something that leads to months or even years of grief that is typically accompanied by financial hurdles due to end-of-life expenses, lost wages and more. However, the emotional damages could be even more severe. The support and guidance of an experienced Colorado wrongful death attorney might help to recover damages to ease the trauma.

Source: bsfdea.com, "Auto Accidents and Wrongful Death", Accessed on April 27, 2018

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