Losing a loved one can be one of the hardest experiences to get through in life, and the grief and heartbreak can be unbearable if his death was caused by another’s negligence. Fortunately, you may be entitled to compensation from the negligent party under Nevada’s wrongful death laws. However, you need to avoid these mistakes that other families often make if you want to win your case and be fully compensated for your losses.
Mistake #1: Talking to the Media
If your family member died in a tragic manner, the media might contact you or other family members. It is important to avoid the urge to make a public statement. This is an extremely emotional time, and one of you could inadvertently say something that hurts your case.
Mistake #2: Waiting Too Long to Pursue Your Claim
When a family member dies, it can be overwhelming to even take care of your day-to-day needs. However, it is important not to delay pursuing your claim against the negligent party. In Nevada, there is a strict time period, referred to as the statute of limitations, for filing your lawsuit. If you miss this deadline, you could lose your right to compensation.
Mistake #3: Talking to the Insurance Company
The insurance company for the negligent party could contact you within days of your family member’s death. You need to remember that that the insurance company is not looking out for your interests and can use whatever you say to try to deny your claim or reduce the amount they pay you. You should also warn other family members that the insurance adjuster may contact them and try to use their statements to deny the claim.
Mistake #4: Accepting a Quick Settlement
The value of your wrongful death claim could be substantial. The insurance company may worry about their potential liability and offer a quick settlement for far less than you deserve. Avoid the temptation to accept the offer just to get your case over. In addition, you should never accept a settlement without first consulting with an experienced wrongful death lawyer.
Mistake #5: Not Retaining a Lawyer
If you are thinking of representing yourself to save money, this would be one of the biggest mistakes you could make in your case. A skilled lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of your loved one’s death, collect the evidence you need to win your case, and fight for all the compensation you deserve.
Has A Loved One Died Due To The Negligence Of Others?
If your loved one has died due to the negligence of someone else an experienced wrongful death attorney can help you hold them responsible. Contact us online or call our office directly at 702.405.6000 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.