The loss of a loved one is a devastating experience for a Texas family. It can be especially tragic when the death was unexpected or the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person. In these situations, grieving families may have grounds to move forward with a civil claim against the liable party.
It is not always easy to determine whether it is appropriate for you to move forward with a civil claim after the death of a family member. Perhaps you are unsure if it would be appropriate, or you may not be certain about how the claims process works. Due to the sensitive nature of wrongful death claims and the complex legal issues that could affect your case, you may want to seek guidance even before you initiate this process.
What factors determine if you have a case?
After an unexpected loss, your family may be facing financial devastation. From medical bills to funeral costs, a tragic accident or preventable death can come with significant costs. Most families do not have the savings to pay for these types of events. You should not have to carry these financial burdens alone, but you can take specific legal steps to hold liable parties accountable through a wrongful death claim.
There are various factors that determine if a person has a valid case. In addition to the death of a person, other necessary components of a wrongful death claim include the following:
- Evidence the death of your loved one was the result of the actions or negligence of someone else
- Evidence of the financial suffering your family is experiencing as a result of the death
- The appointment of a specific person to act on behalf of the family during the claims process
The types of damages you may be able to receive and the amount that may be appropriate to seek depend on your specific losses and other factors unique to your case.
Helping your family move forward
Your family has been through a tragic event, but you do not have to walk through the aftermath alone. A wrongful death claim may be a way for you and your other loved ones to recoup your financial losses and secure damages. You can learn more about your legal options by seeking a complete evaluation of your case with an experienced personal injury attorney.