Feeling lost is the emotion that the family of a wrongful death victim may be feeling. They might not know what to do or who to go to. They are just shocked, upset, and emotionally distress after finding out that their loved one has just passed away. Losing a significant other is probably one of the worse events a person can go through. No one who loves another person ever wants to see them get hurt, yet alone become the victim of a wrongful death because someone was not careful enough.
Wrongful death cases are incidents that could have been avoided, which make them that much more painful to come to terms with. The family members might not only suffer emotional distress, but they may also face monetary challenges. They might have to arrange the funeral, pay for the burial, lose some days from work to recover mentally, and might even seek help from a therapist. The legal practitioners from Orlando can help their victims seek maximum compensation to help them pay for all of these damages.
Once negligence has been established by another person, the family members of the wrongful death victim should follow certain steps. Percy Martinez Law Firm advises their clients to do the following:
Seeking A Personal Representative For Your Case
The Florida statute mentions that the representation of the deceased person or. Along with them being the only ones who can file the claim, they are also the only ones who are allowed to gather all necessary documentation to file the lawsuit.
Within a person’s will, estate plan, or trust, they will usually choose who they want their personal representative to be. Nevertheless, if the person did not name a personal representative, then this is when an immediate family member can file a lawsuit on behalf of their loved one.
Obtaining Vital Records
A personal representative must collect all vital records of the deceased person. These records will help for the lawsuit. Any physical evidence is always a positive aspect for any claim. The personal representative will be the only person who will be able to gather the deceased’s personal record due to privacy laws. These are the following documents that should be obtained:
The Deceased’s Death Certificate
This is proof that a death did occur and will sometimes include the cause of death
Office of the Medical Investigator Findings
With the OMI, there will be more information on the cause of death. Sometimes the death certificates will not indicate how the person died. These findings can help the plaintiff support their claim of a wrongful death.
Report of Incident
The law mandates that every incident that occurs has a report done for it. These reports can contain detailed information about how the death occurred.
Have an Attorney Present When Speaking to An Insurance Company
Insurance companies have one job, and that is the give the less amount of money as possible. They will use all their tactics against the plaintiff and have them settle for less, but the Orlando Law Firm of Percy Martinez tells all their clients to not talk with an insurance company only. The clients of the firm do not have to worry about having to deal with insurance companies because the firm handles it all.