Losing a loved one because of someone else’s carelessness is unthinkable. Unfortunately, many families in Texas endure this pain every day. If your loved one lost his or her life because of someone else’s negligence, our firm is here to help you in pursuit of justice. Please continue reading and contact a Kaufman County, Texas wrongful death lawyer from Harrell & Paulson to learn more about these claims and how our compassionate legal team can assist you.
Wrongful Death Claims in Texas | Our Kaufman County Lawyer is Here to Help
Wrongful death is defined as when a person loses his or her life as a result of another person committing a wrongful act, an act of negligence/carelessness, an act of unskillfulness, or default. Essentially, we will have to prove that your loved one was fatally injured by a negligent and entirely preventable action.
If someone loses their life in an auto accident at the hands of a drunk driver or someone who was otherwise ignoring the rules and regulations of the road, their loved ones may have a valid wrongful death claim. Similarly, if a person loses their life because of someone else’s dangerous property conditions or at the hands of a negligent medical professional, certain family members may also have a valid wrongful death claim.
Unfortunately, just because you lost a loved one doesn’t mean you’ll technically qualify for bringing a wrongful death claim. In Texas, only the decedent’s surviving spouse, adult children, parents, or personal representative can bring a wrongful death claim. If you believe you qualify and would like to bring a wrongful death claim, speak with a Kaufman County, Texas wrongful death lawyer from our firm today.
Recoverable Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim
Often, when a person loses a loved one, they will experience both economic and non-economic damages. For example, if someone loses their spouse, they will most likely also lose their spouse’s paycheck from working. Additionally, they may also still have to pay off the cost of medical treatment the decedent received prior to passing away. Funeral expenses are another significant cost imposed on a family after unexpectedly losing a loved one. These are all examples of economic hardships, or damages, a person can incur as a result of wrongful death. If we win our lawsuit, you should receive monetary compensation to help cover these costs.
On the other hand, when it comes to wrongful death cases, the non-economic damages a person can sustain are often far more painful. Loss of guidance, loss of companionship, pain and suffering, and the loss of enjoyment of life are all common types of non-economic damages that our firm can sue for. Of course, financial compensation doesn’t make these things go away, but it can help you pick up the pieces, attain a sense of justice, and hopefully start moving on with your life.
Time Limit on Wrongful Death Claims in Texas
The time limit on wrongful death claims in Texas is, generally, two years. Losing a loved one is always extremely difficult and painful, and we understand why you may hesitate to initiate this legal process. However, waiting longer than the statute of limitations will most likely permanently bar you from suing.
Contact a Kaufman County, Texas Wrongful Death Lawyer
This is a difficult and stressful time in your life, but we are here to help mitigate the financial and legal aspects of your recent loss. If you feel ready, contact Harrell & Paulson, LLP today to schedule your free initial consultation with our compassionate legal team.