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My spouse recently died in a car accident and I have questions about my rights. Whom should I call?

We are sorry to hear about the loss of your spouse. The death of a spouse—particularly the accidental or wrongful death of a spouse—can be traumatic and confusing. Accordingly, it is important to know whom you can trust and rely on to get the information that you need to make informed decisions about the future.

First, Let’s Talk About Whom You Should Not Call

The following people may seem like they would be able to help you, but they are not the people you should contact for help after the wrongful death of a spouse. Specifically, we urge you to be cautious about contacting:

  • Insurance adjusters. Insurance adjusters are looking to save money for their bosses. Their companies want to pay out as little as possible in claims. Thus, their interests are at odds with yours, and you should be cautious about speaking with or trusting insurance adjusters.
  • Police officers. It is a police officer’s job to investigate the accident. It is not a police officer’s job to advise you about your legal rights.
  • Prosecutors. It is a prosecutor’s job to represent the state in a criminal case. It is not his or her job to advise you about your legal rights.
  • Friends and relatives. Your friends and family members may mean well, but they may not have accurate information with which to answer your questions.

 

Just because these aren’t the right people to call, however, doesn’t mean that you are left without options.

Now, Let’s Talk About Whom You Should Call

Instead of relying on others who may, or may not, be able to answer your questions, we encourage you to contact an experienced wrongful death lawyer today. A wrongful death attorney can help you understand your rights and make the important decisions you are faced with after the loss of your spouse. To learn more, please call us directly or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham