Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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Applying the law to a wrongful death case can be cery complicated and laws can vary by state, and the best way to be sure you are protecting your rights is to consult with a wrongful death lawyer who is experienced in your state.

An attorney can help in a number of ways: he or she can tell you if you still have time to file a wrongful death lawsuit, if and when you are eligible to bring such a suit, whether there is enough evidence that the defendant caused the wrongful death, what kind of damages might be recoverable, and the best strategy to settle or litigate your case.

If you have a good case, an attorney can help obtain information necessary to win the case, such as medical evidence, police reports, physical evidence of an accident or violence, and expert evidence on many subjects, including faulty products, drug side effects, and medical malpractice. An attorney can interview and screen witnesses on your behalf.

Your attorney can also make phone calls and write letters for you and negotiate a settlement. When you are up against professional negotiators, for example, when an insurance company is involved in the case, you will want a professional negotiator on your side as well.

If your case goes to court, an experienced wrongful death lawyer can deal with all the procedural issues and evidentiary rules involved in filing pleadings, obtaining evidence through discovery, and appearing in court.

Even when representing yourself, an attorney experienced in wrongful death cases can advise and coach you through the process. He or she can help evaluate your case, prepare documents, find evidence, and go through settlement negotiations. 

For more information about wrongful death, see Wrongful Death Lawsuit Overview.