Picking up the pieces of shattered reality following the sudden death of a loved one in an unforeseeable catastrophe is never an easy task.  At a time when you feel least capable of managing any affairs outside those of your own cruelly disrupted life, you must be faced abruptly with numberless new challenges that seem to require urgent attention all at one time.  For too many, mourning is upset by the unsympathetic postmortem protocol that is relentlessly demanded by society, business, and other agents which are not party to the actual loss.  The unspeakable tragedy of bereavement is made somehow even more distressing by these comparably trivial jots and tittles which, in spite of their appearing inconsequential in light of larger issues, call for immediate mindfulness.

These diminutive matters can occupy an enormous amount of time.  The practical aspects of looking after the deceased person’s concerns may easily absorb all of your energy and a good deal more supplied by those offering help, never mind that you are already drained by the news, itself and cannot force interest in material occupation.  All the same, there can be no avoiding them without serious consequences.  Time is of the essence when one is planning a funeral, contacting the employer, insurer, etc. of the deceased.  A death certificate will have to be obtained as soon as possible.  The funeral preparations will depend on whether or not the person is an organ donor.  Anyone depending on them for emotional, material, or professional assistance will have to be contacted at once so that they may make provisions for the individual’s absence.  These are things that, sadly, cannot be put off until your earliest convenience—they must be seen to right away.

What compounds the difficulty of not only taking care of pragmatic concerns in a timely manner, but also the entire experience is the added stress that often follows an accident in the form of appending financial burdens.  If the death was preceded by a period of indisposition overseen by medical experts, there will be doctors’ fees to think about.  Their home might need to be cleaned by a professional crew if you can’t take the time out for such an undertaking.   If there is a will to be disputed, a lawyer may even be requisite.  The necessary funds can be positively daunting.

There is no monetary award large enough to compensate for a senseless death; it is useful at least and a token at best.  However, monetary compensation can help facilitate a swift removal of obstacles to the grieving process.  If the death resulted from a preventable human error, the person responsible may be bound to contribute to the funds required.  Regrettably, remorse and accountability are not always enough to ensure cooperation, and it may be compulsory to retain a knowledgeable fatal accident attorney in order to secure what justice and the law require.

The fatal accident attorneys at Christensen & Hymas not only gather evidence to support your account of the events; they understand insurance policies and will not be intimidated by agents who insist that their settlement is the best offer they can make.  While you cannot depend on insurance companies to be open with you about how much you may be entitled to, even in a time of grief, it is not within the best interest of your lawyer to behave thus.  Whereas a doctor and a mortician must be reimbursed regardless of what you are able to pay, a fatal accident attorney will not usually take money until their labors have borne fruit for their client.  Your attorney works solely for you.

A lost loved one is enough to suffer without worries of how you will deal with the aftermath.  Luckily, this is not a burden you have to bear alone. Call Christensen & Hymas today at (801) 506-0800.

Image courtesy of: Alex Borland 

Ken Christensen
Partner, Founder at Christensen & Hymas
Ken Christensen is the founding partner of Christensen & Hymas. He is an avid cyclist, loves baseball, and enjoys spending time with his family in the outdoors.

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