What is the process of a wrongful death lawsuit?

Losing a loved one is a horrible experience. When their death was the result of a preventable accident that was someone else’s fault, the tragedy is compounded, and it is natural for families to want to seek justice. In these circumstances, you may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit, and you may have questions about the process.

Before anything else, it is vital that you consult with a lawyer. Wrongful death cases are complex, so you should choose an attorney with extensive experience in these matters. At Joyce & Reyes, we are extremely knowledgeable about wrongful death lawsuits, and we offer a free consultation to advise you of your rights, so that you can decide whether a lawsuit is the right way forward for you and your family.

At the beginning of a lawsuit, a complaint is filed stating the allegations against the defendant(s), and the defendant must answer. Through this process, it is made clear what is at issue in the lawsuit, and then discovery can begin. Discovery is a process whereby both sides share their evidence, so that both plaintiff and defendant can see the strength of the case. At this point, a settlement may be reached. However, it is essential that you hire an attorney who is ready to take your case to trial if necessary.

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