Family Pictures from Happier Days : Key Evidence in a Wrongful Death Case
When I’m helping somebody to pursue a wrongful death claim after the loss of life of their loved one I need to get to know the family and particularly the life story of the person who was taken as a result of somebody else’s carelessness. One way I do this is to collect information from the funeral or celebration of life to understand who the survivors are and what they want to most remember about their loved one.
Ultimately, I need to get evidence to humanize the person who was killed so that they are a real person that the jury can relate to and the insurance company can be forced to understand who they were rather than just a statistic about traffic fatalities. One important way that I can get to know someone and how they and their family lived before they were taken in a car, truck or motorcycle accident is to get pictures and videos from happier days.
Often I’ll go to the family home and see what pictures are on the mantle whether of graduations, weddings or other celebrations. Getting pictures from the good times before the death allows me to understand the relationships in the family and be able to show the love to the decision makers who have to figure out how to value the claim. The more details the better in terms of really showing the depth of the relationships which have been torn apart in terms of parent, child, brother, sister, or husband and wife. The photographs often get people talking and allow them to explain what they loved most about the person who was killed as a result of an unnecessary accident. Getting them to talk and explain about their grief and sense of loss using the pictures is a key component in telling the story and understanding who these folks were and what this tragedy means to them.
The emphasis in a wrongful death case is all about the relationships. In order for an insurance company to be forced to pay what they should pay for full and fair compensation to the family, they need to see what the jury will see if the case went all the way to a trial. Putting together videos and photographs with stories and examples of the family’s love for each other is critical to that mission. It’s a fairly intimate process and requires an attorney with experience and sensitivity to be able to talk about these difficult issues at the appropriate time during the case. This is one place where an experienced wrongful death attorney really makes a difference in the proper handling of a Virginia wrongful death case. If you have lost a loved one, call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077 for a free consultation.