Waco, Texas Wrongful Death Lawyer
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Waco, TX 76710-4020
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When a person dies, it can be an emotional time for that person's friends and family. In addition to the emotional trauma that family members and others may go through, it may also place a financial burden on one or more of those individuals. Fortunately, a Waco wrongful death lawyer may be able to help a grieving family get some sort of justice for the individual who passed.
What Is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death occurs when an individual is killed either because of a defective product, medical malpractice or because of a negligent action on the part of another individual. This may include an illegal hit during a football game or even a prank gone wrong that led to that a person dying.
It is extremely important to point out that negligence is a component to a wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful death attorney will do everything possible to first establish that negligence played a key role or was the main reason why a person died unnecessarily. This may be done by using physical evidence or witness statements admitting that more could have been done to prevent the death.
What Type of Compensation Can Be Expected in a Texas Wrongful Death Case?
There are many types of compensation that a family may be able to obtain in the event that they win their case. First, any medical bills that an individual incurred before passing away would likely be part of the settlement. Next, you can expect to win compensation for any final expenses such as a funeral or paying off creditors.
Finally, it may be possible to obtain compensation for lost future earnings related to that person's wrongful death. This may help to provide for dependents or others who were relying on the deceased to pay their medical bills, buy clothes or keep a roof over their heads. Money may also be provided to pay off a mortgage or establish a college fund for any minor children that the deceased may have had.
Punitive damages may be added to any settlement or jury award that a family may receive. This may act as a deterrent for others who may have thought that paying out a settlement is cheaper than actually creating a safe product or otherwise taking steps to prevent injuries or death from occurring in the first place.
Who Has Standing In a Texas Wrongful Death Case?
A wrongful death attorney will be able to help you determine if you have standing to pursue such a case in court. In Texas, you typically have to be either a direct family member such as a parent or child or be legally related to that deceased such as a stepparent or an adopted child.
Good friends or extended family members generally don't have standing unless they can show a significant connection to the deceased. For instance, a grandchild raised by a grandparent may have standing or vice versa. It is important to note that if you cannot file a lawsuit for wrongful death, it may be possible to file suit for medical malpractice or other related reasons.
How Long Does it Take to Resolve a Wrongful Death Case?
It can take several years to resolve a wrongful death case. This is because the other side may appeal any verdict that isn't in its favor. You may also wish to appeal any verdict that isn't in your favor, which could take months in itself. Beyond that, those who are liable for hurting you may take time either admitting guilt or crafting terms that they are willing to accept.
However, this shouldn't get you down or make you feel like you will never get the justice that you deserve. Our attorneys are always here for you, and you don't have to pay us anything until you win your case. No matter how long your case takes to resolve, we are going to provide you with the service that you want and with the tenacity that you deserve.
Regardless of how long your case takes to complete, you have two years from the date of your family member's death to file your case. Failure to do so could limit your rights, so make sure that you don't delay when it comes to seeking legal help.
If you are looking for an attorney to help your loved one get justice after he or she was killed because of someone else's negligence, we can help you. Give us a call at (254) 615-0000 to let us evaluate your case for free and in a matter of minutes.
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