Moving Forward After a Fatal Car Accident
An instant is all it takes for a fatal car accident to change your life. Not only have you lost the companionship of a loved one, but you may also have lost the income they brought to your family. When a car crash results in death, a wrongful death attorney in Colorado can help you manage the logistics you have to address.
One of the first steps is to notify the at-fault driver, their insurance provider, or their employer if the accident involved an at-work driver. These notifications must be made promptly, and it helps preserve evidence that can establish the facts of your claim.
It is also important to address any medical bills. Medical providers will expect to recover these via the deceased’s estate. It is imperative to have an attorney help you deal with these as soon as possible. Ignoring them and failing to pay medical bills can result in them being sent to collections, causing significant harm to your credit. When a wrongful death occurs, there are ways to suspend payment, and many medical providers will work with the surviving family on these matters until a settlement is received.
If your loved one had a life insurance policy, such as accidental death coverage or term life insurance, you would want to pursue these as soon as possible. These can help cover funeral expenses, medical bills, and other debts. Similarly, it is crucial to address any matters related to the individual’s estate, specifically wills and survival claims.
Finally, don’t neglect your mental health. A fatal car accident can cause significant mental trauma that can impact your personal relationships, career, and ability to recover mentally from the incident and the loss of a loved one. It is possible to include the cost of mental health care in your claim; thus, you should pursue professional counseling without delay. Moreover, these records can be presented to the court to establish the extent of psychological injury you’ve suffered and support your claim for pain and suffering.
We encourage you to contact Sloat, Nicholson & Hoover, P.C. at (303) 447-1144 for assistance following a fatal car accident. We understand the emotional and financial distress the loss of loved one causes, and it is our pleasure to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to receive.
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