An Easy Guide to Wrongful Death Claims An Easy Guide to Wrongful Death Claims


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An Easy Guide to Wrongful Death Claims

When my friend lost her husband after an accident at work, we naturally assumed that his employer would do right by the family. We were surprised to find out that the company had no intentions of doing anything over than sending flowers to the funeral. A group of us immediately went to work helping our friend get what was rightfully hers. Wrongful death laws are complex and we soon found ourselves in over our heads. Once we started working with an attorney, we began to understand what we were reading. I started this blog because I want others in the same situation as my friend to have the resources needed to get the settlement they deserve.

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Preparing Health Care Proxy Paperwork Before It Is Needed

When you are not able to make medical decisions for yourself, a health care proxy is put into place to do this for you. If you have not established an official health care proxy, your spouse will take over this role. If you are not married, your children will be left with making your medical decisions. If you have no children, any siblings you may have will have to make choices for you. You can take over control of this potential situation by nominating a health care proxy before you need one.

Nominate an Individual You Trust

If you have a particular person in mind to be named as your health care proxy, it's important that you ask their permission to do this. While you can name anyone you want, this is a big responsibility and getting their permission is in your best interests. You should nominate a person that you trust to carry out your wishes in the event that you are not able to make choices regarding your own medical care.

Establish Your Clear Wishes Down on Paper

If you do not want to be kept alive by artificial means, you can document this in your health record. You can be as specific as you want to be in your health care proxy paperwork, letting those that will care for you in the event you can't communicate know exactly what you want. If you do not want CPR performed on you, you can sign a Do Not Resuscitate form that will allow providers not to perform CPR on you should you go into heart failure.

You have control over your medical care when you are not able to speak for yourself, but only if you make your wishes clearly known. This can be done by meeting with an attorney and sitting down to discuss all of your final wishes. The attorney can create a health care proxy for you, as well as power of attorney paperwork should that be necessary at some point in your life.

What is important to remember is that a health care proxy and a power of attorney have no control in your life unless you are unable to make decisions for yourself. The control they have is temporary, and is only limited by your inabilities. If you once again become conscious, the power to make all decisions in your life is returned to you.

To learn more, contact a law firm like Thomas & Associates, PC.