There is nothing easy about dealing with the unexpected and untimely death of a loved one, but sadly, thanks to a car accident, you find yourself having to do just that. There is a lot on your plate and a lot of grief to process. You know you shouldn’t have to shoulder the burden of your losses on your own, especially since the collision was the result of another person’s negligence. However, the idea of taking legal action to seek compensation at a time like this is simply overwhelming. The good news is that Texas laws do allow you to seek both relief and assistance pursuing relief if that is what you ultimately choose to do.
How to seek relief
There are a couple of ways to go about seeking compensation following a car crash. First, you can negotiate with the responsible party’s insurance provider. Again, this is not something you have to do if you do not feel up to it. Legal counsel can do it for you. Most cases are actually settled this way.
If for some reason, fair compensation cannot be reached through out-of-court negotiations, you may take the matter to trial. If things go this far, you’ll likely be dealing with two types of legal claims — wrongful death and survivorship. A wrongful death claim is generally filed to seek relief for the loss of companionship, while a survivorship claim is filed to cover other damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, and pain and suffering — among various others.
Pursue compensation when you’re ready
No one is saying you have to pursue legal action in the early days, weeks or months following the that claimed your loved one’s life. In Texas, there are statutes of limitations that do exists in these types of cases, though, so don’t wait too long. Do it when you’re ready, or take a hands-off approach and let legal counsel do it for you. To learn more about how an experienced attorney can help you seek the compensation you need, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.