Abilene Wrongful Death Lawyers
Helping Grieving Families File Wrongful Death Claims
There is nothing more difficult than losing a loved one. Losing them because of someone else’s negligence can leave people not only grieving, but feeling traumatized and helpless. If you have lost someone you love because of someone else’s careless actions, it is imperative that you contact an Abilene wrongful death lawyer as quickly as possible.
Although money won’t relieve the pain of losing your loved one, you have the right to seek compensation for your loss. Wrongful death claims force at-fault parties to face the people they hurt, holding them accountable to you in a way that the criminal court system may not do. Not only will you hold at-fault parties responsible for their actions, but you can also fight for the financial security you need.
We understand what you may be going through, and our Abilene wrongful death attorneys can ensure that you and your family are rightfully compensated for your loss. Contact us today for a free case review: (888) 493-1629.
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim can be filed when a third party is responsible for the death of another person negligently or through intentional harm—the responsible parties can be held liable under common jurisdiction. When a family loses a loved one because of another person’s carelessness, they are entitled to receive monetary compensation. Even if the person responsible for the death of a loved one has been prosecuted under criminal proceedings, there is still a chance to file a civil lawsuit involving a wrongful death claim. If a company rather than an individual caused the fatality, the only way to hold them accountable is to present a wrongful death claim.
Incidents That Qualify for a Wrongful Death Claim
Although a wrongful death claim can be filed for most accidents that cause the death of another, it does not cover every kind of incident. Wrongful death claims need to prove that a person or company caused or could have prevented a person's death and that the death left family members with economic or emotional losses.
For example, the following could qualify for a wrongful death claim:
- Car accidents caused by drunk driving, texting, or other careless distractions
- Workplace accidents caused by lack of training or supervision
- Assaults, attacks, or other criminal actions that led to the death of another
- Malpractice by a doctor failed to identify or treat an ailment correctly
- Drowning accidents due to property damage/premises liability
- Defective products or drugs that caused the user to suffer death
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Abilene
Although laws vary from state to state regarding the eligibility of the person who can file a wrongful death claim, close family members of the victims are usually the ones who have the right to bring forth wrongful death claims.
Eligible beneficiaries of a wrongful death claim in Texas include:
- Spouses or life partners
- Parents of unmarried children
- Any other dependents
Children and spouses are given the primary right to file a wrongful death claim, so a parent, sibling, or another relative will likely not be able to file a claim if a child or spouse is pursuing one. To determine if you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim, you should consult with an attorney. There is a statute of limitation on wrongful death claims: you have 2 years to file a wrongful death claim from the day of death before it is too late to file. Contact an Abilene wrongful death attorney to determine if you can still file: (888) 493-1629.
To learn more about wrongful death, visit Sec. 71 of the Civil Practice & remedies Code.
What Damages Are Recoverable in a Wrongful Death Claim?
We know no monetary compensation will bring back your loved one. It can, however, help you and your family move forward and heal without the stress of finding a new job or providing for yourselves. You have the right to recover financial compensation for three general types of damages, depending on the circumstances of the accident.
The damages you may be able to claim are:
- Economic Damages – You can receive compensation for financial damages on funeral and medical expenses related to the death, loss of the decedent's future earnings and benefits, and other financial losses associated with their death.
- Non-Economic Damages – This includes damages such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of inheritance, and loss of consortium.
- Punitive Damages – There are cases where you can be awarded in addition to economic and non-economic damages as a way of punishing the responsible parties for willful negligent acts. Punitive damages can help prevent other families from experiencing the same loss you've experienced.
Contact Our Abilene Wrongful Death Attorneys: (888) 493-1629
If you have recently lost someone you love in an accident, there may be a way for you to get justice while undoing the financial damage resulting from your loved one's death. Our team of Abilene wrongful death lawyers have recovered medical costs, funeral costs, lost income, and punitive damages for families grieving the loss of a loved one. Our firm works tirelessly to ensure that you receive the best possible results for your case. Regardless of how the incident occurred, we have the experience you need to investigate your claim and get answers about what happened to your loved one.
Our attorneys have guided thousands of families with their wrongful death cases, and we have recovered billions of dollars on their behalf. Our trial lawyers are proven courtroom warriors who have won record-setting verdicts and hundreds of cases worth more than $1 million. We believe it is our responsibility to protect our clients, and we are determined to help you get the best possible results for your case. We encourage you to read more about our firm and our past victories, then call us for a free consultation.
Give our Abilene wrongful death attorneys a call today for a free case review: (888) 493-1629!