When it comes time to hire a wrongful death attorney to hold someone responsible for the death of a loved one, you want to make sure you hire an attorney who has the skills to best represent your interests. There are a couple of traits you should look for in a wrongful death attorney.
Trait #1: Investigative Background
A big part of a successful wrongful death case is the compilation of evidence, which will require investigation skills. You need an attorney who has lots of research skills, as winning a wrongful death lawsuit will require some investigation into the events that lead to your loved one's death.
When you consult with the attorney, inquire into how they investigate these types of situations. You may also want to find out if they do the investigative work themselves, or work with a personal investigator to discover this information.
Trait #2: Experience
Second, you are going to want to work with someone who has experience. You are going to want to look for multiple layers of experience.
First, you want someone who is experienced with the local court system. Second, you want someone who is experienced with personal injury lawsuits. Third, you want someone who knows how to handle your particular type of wrongful death lawsuit.
Someone with all three layers of experience should be able to represent you well.
Trait #3: Success Stories
Third, you want to work with an attorney who actually gets either settlements or verdicts when it comes to wrongful death cases. You can ask them how many wrongful death cases they have worked on and what their percentage of settlements and verdicts are.
Remember, a settlement is not a bad thing. Usually, a settlement means you were able to get the other side to agree to give you money or other concessions, which is a good thing.
Trait #4: Solid Case Assessment
Finally, you want to work with someone who believes in your case. You want to work with someone who thinks that you have a good case, and who believes that you can get a sizable settlement.
When you have your free consultation, be sure to ask the attorney about their assessment of your case. This will allow you to see if the attorney is really interested in working on your case.
When looking for a wrongful death attorney, you want to look for someone with good investigation skills, experience, success stories, and who believes in your case. Ask for a free consultation so you can interview any potential attorney you are interested in working with.