When a loved one has passed away, one of the last things you will want to focus on is medical expenses and debts that result after the death. However, these bills will keep coming, and the only way you may be able to pay them is with a wrongful death claim. There are several ways that a wrongful death lawyer can help a family after the loss of a loved one.

1. An Attorney Can Help You Determine if You Have a Case

A lawsuit can be expensive, and the last thing you want to do is to pursue a lawsuit that you won't win, which will be expensive and time-consuming. To win a wrongful death case, a death not only must occur but you must also prove that the other party is responsible for the death.

You will also need to have a specific relationship with the deceased as defined by the state and will need to prove that you suffered damages as a result of the death.  

2. An Attorney Can Pay Your Bills

In some cases, an attorney may pay your bills while you are waiting to receive compensation after your wrongful death case. Then, you will reimburse the attorney when you receive compensation for your injuries through the wrongful death lawsuit. 

3. An Attorney Can Prove Negligence

Proving negligence is one of the most difficult parts of a wrongful death case. Oftentimes, evidence is hard to come by, and you may need to work with a wrongful death law firm that employs an expert witness. You may need an accident reconstructionist, a medical expert, a financial planner, or any number of other experts.

You will especially need help if your wrongful death case involves medical malpractice. Oftentimes, evidence relevant to a wrongful death case disappears and medical experts will attempt to cover it up. However, a medical expert witness may be able to prove that your loved one wouldn't have passed away if their condition had been diagnosed sooner, for example.

4. An Attorney Can Help You Negotiate a Settlement

Rather than taking your case to court, it's typically better to settle your case out of court. However, the other party will always try to settle for the lowest amount possible. Therefore, it's best to have a wrongful death attorney assist you in calculating the damages you have suffered and negotiating for the highest settlement possible.