Personal Injury Law – Wrongful Death Attorneys Texas
Losing someone you love in an accident is never easy, never expected, and never forgotten. If the accident was caused by the negligence of another person, in other words, a wrongful death, then it is even harder to handle. The unanswered questions, the what-ifs, the regret, and grief. Even though it is hard to get on with life after someone dies, it needs to be done for yourself, your family, and in the name and memory of your loved one. This is the time to call a wrongful death attorney and discuss your options.
Don’t wait to call an attorney or you may lose the option to sue at all, particularly if the accident involved a government entity. In cases that do involve a government entity, you may have less than six months to file a claim. This isn’t a lot of time and if you want to file for wrongful death damages, you will need to act quickly. If the accident was a bad one and there is the likelihood of a significant wrongful death lawsuit settlement, this is all the more reason to file quickly to allow the wrongful death attorney the time to prepare a case – either to take to negotiation for a settlement or to court for a trial.
Wrongful death is quite evident based on the circumstances of the accident your family member was in, the evidence at the scene, and the in-depth investigation of the crash by forensics specialists. Eyewitness testimony is also helpful, if it is available, and in some cases, it isn’t. The most important element of proving a case like this is that there is negligence or wanton recklessness involved, and but for those actions, the deceased would still be alive.
Most often the people who are eligible to file wrongful death damages are the spouse and children of the deceased. Having said that, if there is no spouse or children, or if they were also in the accident, then the next people who may file a civil wrongful death suit is a domestic partner, stepchildren, parents, grandchildren, or a putative spouse. A putative spouse is a person who has lived with another person, but they are not legally married.
This is a very complex area of the law and having a wrongful death attorney in your corner representing your interests and that of your family is the smartest thing you could do in order to get justice. While you might not think it matters much that you have an attorney, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Only an attorney with extensive experience in handling wrongful death lawsuit settlements will be able to get you just and equitable compensation for the death of your family member.
You need help to survive financially if your family member was your sole source of financial support. If you have children, you need to care for them, pay the bills, and move forward as best you can. You can’t do this without wrongful death damages.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that damages in a wrongful death case are just the same as the kind of damages you could get in a personal injury lawsuit. This is not true. When asking for wrongful death damages, the attorney includes funeral and burial costs, the expense of any medical treatments prior to death, the loss of care, guidance, comfort, advice, companionship, loss of consortium, and the pain and suffering of the deceased prior to death. Your grief over the loss is also factored into the final calculations for wrongful death damages.
Try not to let grief over your family member’s death cloud the fact that you need help from an attorney to seek justice for the death. Don’t wait to file a lawsuit, as time is crucial in cases like this.
This Blog was posted By The Carabin & Shaw Law Firm. principle Office in San Antonio, Texas