The wrongful death statute of limitations varies for each state. However, the middle ground usually is about two years to file your lawsuit. It’s important that you speak with an attorney as quickly as possible to make sure that you file in time. Naturally, filing a suit against someone is the last thing on your mind as you are grieving over the loss of a loved one. However, with time running out, you need to speak with a lawyer who can help you file as well as make sure you are prepared for everything that is going to occur in the case including realistic expectations on compensation and time frame.
It’s possible that before you hire a wrongful death attorney you may be offered a settlement. This quick payoff is a tactic used by the legal representation of the person or people at fault for your loss. The goal is to get you to accept the fast money so that they can put this matter behind them. If they contact you in any way you do not want to respond without your own lawyer. They will make sure that all parties are well aware of the fact that you now have your own legal representation and will be filing suit.
The time to file under a wrongful death statute will vary for each state. You can research online but it’s best to speak with an attorney who can answer the question directly. Do not get comfortable with getting legal advice from online sources. It’s not that they are incorrect but they may not apply to your particular situation. That’s why it’s important to contact a lawyer and find legal representation as quickly as possible. It takes away the risk of missing your chance to file and seek restitution for the damages your family has just suffered.