Expert testimony in wrongful death cases is mainly that of economists to ascertain the financial value of the victim to the family. This would include that of future income of students and younger people, as well as housewives. The monetary value of all of the services that the housewife (or domestic engineer), would include that of babysitting, maid service, cook, secretary, transportation specialist and more. This does not reflect a loss of income; it stresses the additional costs to continue all of the same services provided by the homemaker. Additional expert testimony is required in medical malpractice wrongful death cases.
Victims of wrongful deaths deserve the best settlements. In order to do this, having a qualified, experienced wrongful death attorney is essential. Wrongful death lawyers come in all shapes and sizes and varied levels of experience. If your loved one was killed, you need as much assistance as possible, and with the finest representation. Do not choose the first one you find in a phone book without reviewing their qualifications, finding out about their experience and checking out references. There are several main items to look for when searching for the Wrongful death attorney that best fits your situation.
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Find out about their verdicts and settlements. What is their track record in cases such as yours? Someone who has great results with traffic accident victims may not have needed experience in animal attack cases. A Wrongful death attorney experienced with slips and falls may have a "winning" track record, yet may not have sufficient wrongful death settlements.
Experience, assessment and investigations in your case are critical. The Wrongful death attorney you choose should be experienced in your type of claim and will be able to assess your claim to show if it would be worthwhile and what would be needed to make it advisable to pursue. The investigative team of your Wrongful death lawyer is skillful in scrutinizing all aspects and technical detail of your case. The experience of your Wrongful death attorney will allow your case to flow smoothly through the extensive paperwork involved in your Wrongful death case.
Working with others is particularly important. Whether it is with opposing counsel, insurance companies, witnesses, your friends, family or anyone else involved, your Wrongful death attorney needs to be able to work effectively and efficiently. Opposing counsel and insurance companies have many tactics to pressure you to reduce and even deny your claims. Your Wrongful death attorney needs to be competent in dealing with these tactics. Your Wrongful death attorney will also be able to assist you in determining if you claim may be resolved in mediation, providing you with a satisfactory settlement outside of court to relieve you emotionally and save you time and energy.
The cost of losing your case could be substantial. Most Wrongful death lawyers work for a contingency fee. This means that they do not receive payment unless you win your case or receive a settlement outside of court. It also means that they believe in you and your case. There are expenses that you would still be charged for, such as those of expert witnesses that review your records, and other fees not directly related to professional fees. Do not let an attorney gloss over these expenses quickly. Review your signed agreements with another Wrongful death attorney if possible to protect yourself.
If you would like to schedule a initial consultation contact an Iowa medical malpractice / negligence attorney, representing clients in Iowa City, Iowa at the Kutmus, Pennington & Hook, P.C. Office Give us a call at (515) 288-3339 or complete our inquiry form.