Like every state, Texas has specific laws regarding wrongful death lawsuits. A wrongful death claim usually occurs when an individual dies or is killed due to another individual’s negligence. In these sad, terribly unfortunate situations, the surviving family members or overseers of the victim’s estate, can file a suit to get monetary damages. Also, wrongful death is a civil action, not a criminal action, so the alleged suspect likely will not face jail time. The representative of the family simply seeks legal action to get paid for their losses, both financially and for their pain and suffering. If you think a loved one may have been a victim of wrongful death, you should consult with a wrongful death attorney today.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
There are very specific parties that legally have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit when a fatal injury occurs due to someone else’s negligence. Usually, a spouse, child, or family member of the deceased, but also could be a representative of the deceased person’s estate. There’s also a situation where the parents are allowed to file the lawsuit. If there are no living family members, a close friend, boyfriend or girlfriend, or fiancee may qualify to file. A wrongful death lawyer can analyze the situation and give a comprehensive breakdown of how a suit may be properly filed.
What Damages Can I Receive?
Like most legal scenarios, every case is different, and the monetary compensation available to the deceased’s family can vary based on the circumstances. The court and the insurance company will reward compensation to the victim’s family or estate according to the damages, economic and noneconomic, the estate can prove. The list of things damages could be received include medical bills, property damage caused by the incident, funeral or burial costs, lost earnings, loss of love, emotional toll, and punitive damages. Every case is different and so are the monetary damages awarded. It’s impossible to predict what a family can receive because of wrongful death, but a wrongful death attorney will be able to compare your case to previous cases and give a fair evaluation.
Do I Need a Wrongful Death Lawyer?
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, there may be legal options to provide you financial relief during this difficult time. Our Waco law firm has helped many families who are grieving over the unexpected loss of a loved one. No amount of money can replace the loss you’re going through, but we can help relieve some of the financial burdens that come with the loss. Contact For the Win Law for a free consultation today at (254) 870-4800.