The death of a loved one, be it someone else’s fault or not, is certainly a traumatic event—so traumatic, in fact, that you may be tempted to move on without seeking the legal help for the event that you know you deserve, for fear of reliving the incident. Or, you may think that the situation surrounding the death doesn’t involve anything ‘wrongful’ in the slightest, so why should you contact a wrongful death lawyer?
There are certainly many reasons why an individual might not contact a lawyer after a wrongful death—and many of them are actually misconceptions. JD Haas, a Minneapolis team of wrongful death lawyers, is here to clear a few up below.
Misconception: If the Death Involved an Accident, it Wasn’t a Wrongful Death
It’s an easy line of logic to follow: if someone didn’t mean to harm another person, you may reason, then their actions cannot be qualified as wrong in the eyes of the law. The reality, though, is that there’s a fair bit more of a grey area there than many people think.
It isn’t necessarily intent that dictates whether a wrongful death case is viable or not; it’s if there was negligence or wrongdoing by the other party involved. A car accident lawyer, for example, might deal with wrongful death cases, even though very few people intentionally crash their vehicles.
Misconception: Filing a Wrongful Death Claim Is Inherently Materialistic
You may especially feel this way if you’ve received compensation from a life insurance policy—as if you’re profiting off of a horrible event. However, there are plenty of other reasons a person might seek compensation after a wrongful death, even though financial compensation still may come out of it. For instance, they may be seeking closure, or desire to discourage the opposing party from behaving negligently in the future.
Misconception: Insurance Companies Will Always Pay Enough
Under the law, if the death was wrongful, you could have the right to be compensated for the loss of companionship and emotional pain and suffering—but life insurance policies are for more practical matters, such as getting oneself back on one’s feet financially after a significant portion of income was lost.
While it’s impossible to put a price tag on a loved one’s death, life insurance policies don’t account for financial compensation that you’re legally entitled to for wrongful emotional strife.
JD Haas: Compassion in Wrongful Death Law
Our team of injury lawyers and wrongful death attorneys are committed to handling your case with grace, care, and intelligence. To begin the legal process after you’ve lost a loved one, contact our Minneapolis office at 952-345-1025. We also serve the Bloomington, Saint Paul, and Rochester areas.