The Deposition Of The Beneficiary Can Be A Discouraging Factor
Interviewer: Do people ever become discouraged or hesitant to pursue the case further or experience a sort of fatigue with the case?
Stephen Boutros: The most difficult aspect during the wrongful death case is the deposition of the beneficiary because the defense lawyer is trying to create evidence to show that you really didn’t have that close-up relationship with your father or you were a cheating spouse or you were a prodigal son or a prodigal daughter. They’re trying to create the impression that the relationship wasn’t that close by pointing out specific things that happened in your life related to that relationship and relationships are complicated. Anyone’s relationship with their father, mother or spouse has problems because that’s the nature of people.
Insurance Companies Often Try to Malign the Nature of the Relationship Between the Decedent and the Beneficiary
But it doesn’t mean that you didn’t love them and they’re dead and them being taken from you off this planet permanently is extremely painful. The underlying purpose isn’t just the pain that you feel from your loved ones being wrongfully taken from you; it’s holding the wrong doer, the negligent party accountable for their actions, to hopefully prevent the same thing happening unnecessarily to other people. It’s about the safety of people and it’s about how we value people in our society. The most valuable thing we have in society is people.
It is a Social Obligation to Hold a Wrongdoer Accountable in the Interests of Society At Large
Interviewer: Do you think it’s important for people to know what they may be entitled to in a wrongful death case?
Stephen Boutros: Yes. Even if they want to mourn privately, that should be respected. Different people have different positions on that. You have some social obligation in your community to hold the wrongdoer responsible for their actions to protect other people, not to just stand by silently and mourn. I understand some people’s need for that but if you’re mourning and experiencing pain because of someone, something that someone or some company or corporation did or didn’t do that they should have, then you’re essentially motivating that person, company or corporation to do it again thinking that they won’t be held responsible.
A Monetary Compensation is the Way by Which Society Holds Negligent People Accountable
The only way we hold people responsible in the society is with money, that’s all that matters because at the end of the day, businesses, corporations, CEOs, company boards, corporation boards, all they care about at the end of the day is money. That’s fine, that’s a part of who we are as people, but money matters and if you’re in business and making money, then when you hurt people, you should pay money and when you kill people, you should pay money.
Corporations or Insurance Companies May Try to Settle the Case Cheaply Before the Claimant Realizes the Value of the Claim
Interviewer: Do corporations or insurance companies try to contact the claimants and make offers to settle the case?
Stephen Boutros: Corporations or insurance companies have teams of lawyers whose sole job is to settle cases as cheaply as possible or nothing at all. Progressive hazards, emergency response units they act like they’re really interested in helping people immediately, which is just a big corporate nationwide lie. All they’re doing is trying to get people to sign releases for just a small percentage of what their cases are worth before they realize the full extent of their damages or the full extent of what their cases worth. These insurance companies and corporations have teams of lawyers working to settle cases for as cheaply as possible or nothing at all and that’s why it’s not fair and people should level the playing ground with the corporations and insurance companies by hiring a lawyer who’s going to work for truly their best interests.