Children Deaths

AMARILLO PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY: REPRESENTING PARENTS

AFTER THE ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF A CHILD

Amarillo Personal Injury Attorney, Jesse Quackenbush of Quackenbush Law Firm has been representing personal injury and wrongful death accident victims for nearly 30 years.  Many times his clients are the family members of accident victims who were killed by the negligent conduct of another person or corporation.  According to Quackenbush, the most devastating wrongful death cases, from an emotional standpoint, involve the death of a child.  “As a father of five, I can appreciate the magnitude of the loss and counsel parents, not as an attorney, but as a man who knows how deep a parent’s love is for their child.”  In these special type cases, Quackenbush knows from decades of experience that the grief is different than when someone loses a sibling, parent or spouse.  As adults, we all learn to accept the inevitable nature of life and that with time we all die.  However, when a parent unexpectedly loses a child, the natural, temporal equilibrium of “life” is broken.  The parent who is left behind has little or no defense to the overwhelming grief and damage done to the bond between parent and child.  For these reasons, Quackenbush counsels first and litigates second.  He makes sure the parents understand that the litigation process is sometimes long and tedious. Every time the parents are needed for legal purposes, it’s like ripping a scab from a partially healed wound. “They need to know that the process will cause pain before agreeing to go forward.”  According to Quackenbush, to hide this fact from the grieving parents is unethical and morally wrong.  Some parents decide against facing that type of enduring pain and torment and simply move on.  Others feel compelled to go forward with litigation because of a sense of commitment to their child and look forward to achieving knowledge that perhaps the process may result in saving another child from the same consequence.  Other parents feel compelled to make the negligent person or company stand responsible for the consequences of their actions.  If the parents decide to litigate, Quackenbush promises to proceed with diligence to assure no time is wasted.  Why?  Because he knows that the grieving process will never end until the litigation is over. If you have suffered the loss of a child because of another’s negligence, you need to pick your attorney carefully.

 

For many parents who are suffering the loss of a child, they are experiencing the death process for the first time. Many parents are young enough and lucky enough to still have parents and grandparents still living. Facing a death for the first time, young parents are easily overwhelmed with emotion. It’s important they obtain grief counseling immediately, if not from a professional counselor then from readily available books at local bookstores or online.  When young parents learn of the five “stages of grief,” they begin the process of healing.  They begin to feel what is written and trust they will survive emotionally, psychologically and physically.  The five stages: denial; anger; bargaining; depression; and acceptance — once learned and understood, give young parents the tools to survive. Many times, our staff is asked to help out by actually going to the hospital to be with the family when the loved one is about to pass on.  We are honored to be a part of the family’s emotional journey and do this without hesitation.  When asked, we also assist with autopsy, funeral, and burial arrangements, both logistically and financially.  Very few law firms are willing to assist in such a way.  At Quackenbush Law Firm, we feel this type of assistance is a part of our “counselor” duties as attorney.  We have never regretted serving our clients this way, and our clients are always appreciative.  In fact, these efforts assist with building a “trust bond” with our clients.

 

Although it is very important that your family act quickly to preserve evidence and protect their rights, deciding which law firm to hire should not be done without caution.  Many attorneys in Amarillo advertise that they handle wrongful death cases, but the truth is that only a handful do this type of work on a regular basis.  Even worse, some of the most prominent TV attorneys professing to be “Strong Arms” and “Heavy Hitters” have virtually no trial experience whatsoever.  They sign-up complex wrongful death cases without disclosing their inexperience to their clients.  This is ethically compromised behavior and as a consumer its your job to do your own research.  Before signing a contract with the prospective attorney ask him/her the following questions:

 

a) Do you have malpractice insurance?

b) How may wrongful death cases do you presently handle per year, not including  cases you refer to other attorneys?

c) When was the last time you tried a wrongful death case to a jury, by yourself or as first chair?

d) Have you ever obtained a million dollar verdict from a jury? (Not a settlement – a jury verdict)

e) Could you provide a list of satisfied clients who also suffered wrongful death of a  family member?

 

If the Attorney refuses or hesitates to answer any of these questions, you should run fast and call another attorney.  Finally, do not be persuaded by attorney ranking lists like Avvo, Best Lawyers or Top Lawyers, as these rankings are sometimes based, on how much a lawyer is willing to pay their organization.  Similarly, board certifications and membership with certain Trial Lawyer organizations do not guarantee the attorney is even an actual “Trial Lawyer.”  Don’t be fooled.  If you have lost a loved one because of the negligence of another person or company, Amarillo Personal Injury Attorney, Jesse Quackenbush Offers Free Consultations. 806-374-4024.

 

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