When it comes time to do real-life work with a wrongful death attorney or injury lawyer, many people find themselves underprepared for the experience and what it means, thanks to stereotypes and media portrayals. So get ready: as someone seeking the help of a wrongful death lawyer, you’re about to undergo a multifaceted and not-at-all-like-the-movies experience, an experience that justice hinges upon.
But don’t feel too intimidated–JD Haas is here to help. As a Minneapolis team of personal injury lawyers, we’re here to simplify the legal process for all of our clients, and to set the record straight about what exactly it is we do below to better prepare you for your first consultation with us.
Wrongful Death Lawyers Don’t Spend All Of Their Time In Court
It’s a common scene in crime dramas: the lawyer fiercely battles against the opposition with their sharp wits and strong mind as their only weapon. While real-life wrongful death lawyers can and will sometimes take cases to court, there’s a whole lot of preparation that goes on behind the scenes first—and this takes up a great deal more time than television would make you believe.
Wrongful death lawyers must do everything from consulting with their client collecting evidence via phone calls to speaking with experts and learning all they can to help their case. So much goes on behind the scenes, which is all the more reason that you need a competent and passionate wrongful death attorney to help you win your case!
Wrongful Death Lawyers Don’t Always Take Cases To Court
The media tends to focus on courtroom drama when it comes to legal matters; dramatizations make for good television. But when you work with a wrongful death attorney, there’s no hard-and-fast rule that you need to make a legal battle out of your case.
While court is absolutely a viable option for a variety of wrongful death cases and we at JD Haas are willing to pursue it if you are, our legal team can also work towards a monetary settlement by negotiating with the liable party’s insurance company.
In other words: we may be able to get you compensation without going so far as court. When you speak with a wrongful death lawyer about what you and your loved ones have been through, you’ve generally got options regarding how to proceed; don’t let any legal professional try to force you one way or the other.
Wrongful Death Lawyers Are Cold And Calculating
It’s a common media stereotype: lawyers are both frigid and uncaring, unable to relate to the human element of their jobs. While we can’t speak for every injury lawyer out there, we at JD Haas can certainly speak for ourselves, and we say this perpetuated idea is nonsense.
As wrongful death lawyers, warmth and compassion are at the forefront of what we do, day in and day out. Our passion is helping others through times of great strife with our legal skills, and we’re fueled by the drive to make right what is wrong. Wrongful death law is a deeply humanistic field; great lawyers understand that compassion is irrevocably tied into what they do.
We at JD Haas take care to phrase sensitive questions delicately, and we spare no effort to make you feel welcome in our office. As a small law entity, we’re also able to spend more time with each of our clients and give them the personalized attention and listening ear they deserve.
Wrongful Death Cases Are for Greedy People
It’s understandable: you don’t want to turn your loved one’s death into something you can profit off of. Perhaps, also, you don’t want to punish the opposing party for moral or ethical reasons. But don’t let this stop you from considering pursuing a wrongful death case. The damages recovered from such a process are intended to cover things caused by the case itself. Plus, only some wrongful death cases incur damages intended to punish the opponent.
Where the money comes from in a wrongful death case varies depending on state law. In Minnesota, though, they come from medical / funeral expenses, loss income and potential income, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship. All of these things can cause significant strain on a family, and it’s not greedy to want unwarranted strain to end.
If punishing your “opponent” is of concern, know that Minnesota Law only allows punitive damages for cases that fit a certain set of criteria. Furthermore, these damages are meant as a discouraging factor for the other party against future similar behavior—not as profit from the case.
I Don’t Need a Wrongful Death Lawyer, I’ll Just Go Through Insurance
As we covered in our wrongful death attorney blog, wrongful death cases are covered under certain types of insurance. While you can go through the claims process on your own, we don’t recommend it, for reasons outlined in that blog. For one, policies are incredibly complex, often making up packets upon packets of information; in other words, they’re incredibly easy to misinterpret for the average person. Insurance companies also have it in their best interests to pay out small settlements, which might mean you lose out on rightful compensation.
When dealing with your wrongful death case, it always pays to have a wrongful death attorney or personal injury lawyer at hand. They’ll help interpret your policy and get you the settlement you have previously paid for.
Contact JD Haas Today For Compassionate Legal Help
We’d be privileged to hear your story and determine how we can help. Whether you’re looking to explore your options or have a path forward already in mind, our team of wrongful death lawyers is here to guide and support you through this no-doubt difficult time.
Give our Minneapolis office a call today at 952-345-1025. In addition to Minneapolis, we’ve expanded our services to the Saint Paul, Bloomington, and Rochester areas.