Nothing compares to the grief of losing a loved one, especially in an accident that could have been avoided. We would like to express our deepest sympathies. It is not an easy thing to deal with and takes time to process. You may be suddenly swamped by medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost wages. It is most unfortunate that you have to go through this, but with the help of our Texas wrongful death attorneys, we can get compensation for your losses and damages. We know that the grief is probably too much to handle already, so we will take over all of the legal factors of your case. After you read about the case a little bit, please do not hesitate to call our office to set up a free consultation.
Types of Wrongful Death Claims
Wrongful death is an umbrella term of sorts that covers a lot of different types of accidents. For a claim to be considered wrongful death, there must be negligence that lead to injury/fatality. These incidents are also classified as accidental or else they would be criminal, not civil cases. Some of the most common types of wrongful death claims include a fatality as a result of:
- Auto accidents
- Slip and falls
- Construction accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Boating accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Workplace injury
We have experience handling all of these kinds of wrongful death claims. Each case is a little bit unique, and when hiring an attorney, you want to take into consideration their experience with your particular claim. If you lost someone due to an auto accident, you should try to find an attorney who has successfully handled a wrongful death claim involving an auto accident before. Who you choose for your case has a huge impact on your potential compensation award.
How Texas Wrongful Death Compensation Works
Wrongful death compensation is a slightly complicated thing. There are two means to getting compensation with this type of claim. It’s not as straightforward as a personal injury claim. The first way to get compensation is through wrongful death damages which is a simple matter of math. You will be given the amount of money that your loved one would have provided for you, considering their earning capacity and the amount of financial set back you will have to face, as well as any medical bills you have had to pay if they had injuries that were treated for before they passed. It will also cover the funeral costs. The wrongful death damages are easier to calculate because there is a money dollar attached to all of these expenses. The second type of damage that is harder to collect for involves the pain and suffering that your loved one had to suffer through and the loss you have had to endure because of someone else’s negligence. These damages are harder to put a dollar amount behind because they are not tangible damages. These compensatory awards are going to be decided upon once the case is better understood by all parties.
How Long You Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Texas
The best way to make sure that you are going to have the best chance at a successful case is to hire a competent and experienced attorney right away. There is a time limit given after someone passes in which you are to bring your claim or settle it in civil court. This is called the statute of limitations. In Texas, you are given two years from the date of the accident or the passing of your loved one to bring or settle your claim. We do not encourage waiting. It is ill-advised to wait until the last minute because we may not be able to help you bring your claim. If you miss your deadline, you will no longer be eligible for a wrongful death claim. These cases take time. It takes time to determine who specifically will be allowed to bring the claim, and it takes time to build a strong claim.
Contact Our Office Today for a Free Consultation
We understand how difficult this time must be for you and your family and we want to help. We can take the weight of a wrongful death case off of your shoulders and help you get the best possible result from the liable party’s insurance company. When you hire us to be your Texas wrongful death attorneys, you will have us to safeguard you through every step of the process. Please call our office today to set up a free consultation where we will go over the details of your claim and inform you on your legal options. Again, we are deeply sorry for your loss and we are eager to help you get the best possible result from your wrongful death case.