The time limits for bringing a wrongful death claim are relatively short. You generally have two years from the date of the accident or the date of death. In some cases, you have as little as one year to file suit. Either way, seek legal representation as soon as possible. If you miss the deadline, your case could be barred forever.
Damages are what you are asking the court to award the estate. Types of damages available in wrongful death lawsuits include money for pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of companionship and loss of future expected support.
Finding an attorney
When looking for an attorney to handle a wrongful death lawsuit -- even if you're just looking for some initial advice -- go to someone with significant experience in these types of cases. An attorney with a track record of success is a good place to start. Most wrongful death attorneys will consult with you for free.
Wrongful death attorneys charge on a contingency basis. This means that you only pay if your case is successful. If you lose, you pay nothing. This means that just about anyone can afford a wrongful death attorney. The contingency fee is generally one-third of the recovery, whether it's court ordered or a settlement.