Losing a loved one before his or her time is a devastating experience, especially when that death results from someone else’s negligence. A wrongful death lawsuit allows your family to secure compensation and justice on behalf of the deceased. While no amount of money can replace your loved one, a successful wrongful death lawsuit can provide you and your family with a sense of closure.
At Ramsey Law Group, our wrongful death attorneys are empathetic towards victims of wrongful death cases, have years of experience and case success, and ensure that the needs of the families we serve are met. Ramsey Law Group provides clients with prompt answers to their legal questions and direct access to attorneys.
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How a Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help Your Family
While a wrongful death claim seems overwhelming at the time of a loss, it is vital to consider for the future. Compensation in a wrongful death claim can enable your family to pay final expenses incurred at the time of the death, send older children of the deceased to college, or help support small children or dependents of the deceased.
Having a wrongful death attorney, like ours at Ramsey Law Group, takes the stress and burden of the legal claim off of you and your family and allows you time to heal. Our attorneys at Ramsey Law Group will handle your case, including:
Managing all insurance company calls and correspondence;
Contacting bill collectors to inform them of a pending claim;
Conducting an investigation into the death and collecting relevant evidence;
Identifying and pursuing all sources of compensation;
Calculating the total current and future losses resulting from your loved one’s death;
Negotiating a fair and full settlement with the insurance company; or
Filing a wrongful death lawsuit and proceeding towards trial.
Ramsey Law Group has the resources and knowledge to tackle the largest corporations and insurance companies. Our Houston wrongful death lawyers will work tirelessly to hold any responsible parties accountable for the wrongful death of your loved one. Contact Ramsey Law as soon as possible, so we can begin building your wrongful death claim.
What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim is a civil claim, not a criminal prosecution. However, some wrongful death cases can lead to criminal investigations. Individuals file wrongful death claims seeking money damages from other individuals or corporations, while the state brings criminal charges against alleged offenders to punish the defendant with jail or prison time and fines.
A civil wrongful death case and a criminal charge can exist simultaneously; however, the civil case will likely face a delay until the criminal case resolves.
A wrongful death claim is a type of personal injury claim. It arises when someone dies due to another person’s or corporation’s wrongful act or negligence. Only people with legal standing can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the deceased.
While states differ, Texas allows the following people to file a wrongful death claim:
The spouse of the deceased;
Children of the deceased; and
Parent of the deceased.
Legally adopted children may file wrongful death claims on behalf of their adoptive parents and vice versa. However, adopted children may not pursue a wrongful death claim on behalf of their biological parent(s). Texas does not allow siblings, grandparents, or other relations to file a wrongful death claim.
Common Causes of Wrongful Death Claims
People die every day due to the negligent or wrongful acts of other people or corporations. In the United States, the most common accidents resulting in wrongful death claims are:
Premises liability accidents, such as slip and falls and animal attacks;
Product liability accidents, including defective parts or equipment used in vehicles;
Medical malpractice errors, like birthing errors and surgical mistakes;
Accidental poisonings, overdoses, and medication errors;
Workplace accidents both indoors and on outdoor job-sites; and
While any one of these accidents may constitute a personal injury claim, once the injured victim passes away from their injuries, the claim becomes a wrongful death claim. The family essentially takes the victim’s place in the personal injury claim and pursues compensation on behalf of the deceased.
Compensation in Wrongful Death Claims
Compensation in a wrongful death claim includes money damages for debts of the decedent’s estate and compensation for surviving family members. Damages include both economic or calculable losses, as well as intangible, non-economic losses. Payment can consist of any of the following:
Medical and burial expenses;
Loss of current and future monetary support;
Loss of consortium;
Loss of companionship;
Loss of care, counsel, or services;
Mental anguish of the deceased before death; and
Pain and suffering of the deceased prior to death.
In some cases, the court awards punitive or exemplary damages in wrongful death lawsuits. The court grants these types of damages for grossly negligent behavior or a willful act or omission on behalf of the at-fault party. Punitive damages are a punishment dealt out to the defendant by the court. They are meant to deter future wrongdoers.
To receive any damages award, Texas requires family members to file a wrongful death lawsuit within two years of the decedent’s death. Other states have similar timelines. It is best to discuss particular state requirements with an experienced wrongful death lawyer at Ramsey Law Group.
Call Ramsey Law Group Today
Wrongful death claims are complicated and time-consuming. Contact Ramsey Law Group to find out if you have standing to file a claim in your state. Our Houston wrongful death attorneys will listen and answer your questions to determine the proper legal path for your situation.