When your loved one has been taken from this life too soon, there are a lot of emotions that can keep you from making headway on the business that has to be taken care of. Even for those who do not have a wrongful death case, making funeral arrangements and the like through grief can be difficult. Yet when your loved one was taken by the misconduct or neglect of another, there are several other things that need to be done before the funeral.
Contact an Attorney
The very first thing you should do after you lose a loved one to wrongful death is to contact an attorney. An experienced attorney will be able to help guide you through the process of gathering medical records and getting an autopsy performed. They will also be able to represent you and file your case, as well as see it through to conclusion. Your attorney is your most powerful weapon, and you shouldn’t be afraid to use them.
Talk to Hospital Staff
Let the hospital staff know that you have spoken with an attorney and they will be giving further instructions for an autopsy. You can go ahead and make arrangements for the body to be sent to the funeral home after it has been released by the hospital, but make sure that the body is not taken anywhere until your attorney says it is time to move forward with final arrangements.
Remain Quiet About the Case
Do not discuss your wrongful death case with anyone except your attorney. It is important that you do not talk to the doctors and nurses present at time of death about the lawsuit because they could also be included in the suit depending on the situation. It is important that anyone handling the body from this point forward be impartial to the facts of the case.
If you have lost a loved one to misconduct or negligence, we are here to fight for you and your family. Contact us today to learn more about how we handle these sensitive situations, or to schedule your free consultation.