Finding a Wrongful Death Attorney

How to Find a Wrongful Death Attorney

The period after the death of a loved one, particularly if they were suddenly killed by another person’s negligence or recklessness, is an undoubtedly difficult time. Along with coping with the grief, the victim’s survivors may also be faced with sudden medical or funeral costs, or experience financial strains if the victim was their primary source of income. They may also struggle to hold someone accountable for their loved one’s death. When these problems accompany the loss of a loved one, it can make an already terrible situation feel hopeless.

No one should have to deal with these things alone. That is why securing the help of a wrongful death attorney is incredibly important after the loss of a loved one.

While you are grieving a loved one’s death, looking for a wrongful death attorney might be the last thing on your mind. To make it easier on yourself, ask family, friends, and coworkers for referrals to their favorite attorneys. Your friends and family will want to help you get through this difficult time, and can help you find a trustworthy, dedicated attorney. You can also call your local Bar Association for referrals, or look through an online legal directory.

A Free Consultation Helps You Ask the Right Questions

After you have the name of a recommended attorney, the next step is to schedule a consultation. Most attorneys offer a free consultation for potential clients. A consultation gives you the chance to learn more about the attorney, their practice areas, and their experience. It also gives them the opportunity to get more details on your case. You can ask questions such as:

  • How long have you been practicing?
  • Do you only practice in wrongful death, or do you have other practice areas?
  • Have you ever taken on a case that is similar to mine? What was the outcome?
  • Will an attorney be handling my case, or will it mostly be handled by a paralegal or legal assistant? Will they pass the case on to a different attorney in the firm?
  • How often will I receive updates on my case?
  • What is the likely outcome of my case?
  • What are your attorney’s fees and cost?

While you get the answers to any questions you have, the consultation is simply a chance to see if you like the attorney. Are they helpful and friendly, or do they come across as rude or disinterested? Your attorney is someone you need to be comfortable with, so if something about an attorney feels “off” to you, keep looking. You don’t have to be best friends with your attorney—in fact, you probably shouldn’t be. But you do want someone who is honest, professional, and trustworthy, and who sees your case as a top priority.

The wrongful death of a loved one is the last thing anyone wants to think about. But if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, you want to surround yourself with people who can support and guide you through. This includes an experienced wrongful death attorney.


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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