Legal Representation for Those Who Have Unjustly Lost a Loved One
Death can be difficult to deal with in any situation, but it can be especially painful when you know that the death could have been prevented. If you are suffering the loss of a loved one because of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be entitled to receive compensation. A wrongful death tort, for example, can help you pay for funeral costs, cover unexpected medical bills and help tie up loose ends that your loved one may have left behind. When you work with Adams Law Firm, we can work quickly to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve in your time of need. Our Katy wrongful death attorneys have more than 35 years of legal experience providing favorable outcomes for our clients.
We understand that a wrongful death can be a painful and emotional time for you and your family. Our wrongful death attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and resources to help you win the compensation that you and your family needs to recover. To schedule a case evaluation with one of our legal professionals, please contact the Katy wrongful death attorneys of Adams Law Firm at (800) 559-0593 today.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
The aftermath of a loved one’s unexpected death may be one of the most difficult times of your life. You should be grieving and focusing on your remaining family members, not putting yourself through the stress of a lawsuit. By hiring a lawyer, you take the burden of the lawsuit off your shoulders, while simultaneously giving yourself a better chance of recovering the compensation you need.
Wrongful death cases can be extremely difficult. Without your loved one around to provide their account of what happened, it can be difficult to prove your claim. Furthermore, because wrongful death can arise from so many different types of incidents, you will need to have an understanding both of wrongful death law, and of how to bring that specific type of personal injury claim.
For wrongful death cases, you, the plaintiff, will have to prove that the other party acted negligently, and that this negligence led to the death of your loved one. Negligence itself is a legal term that specifies that someone’s action (or lack thereof) went outside of what a reasonable person would have done in similar circumstances. Furthermore, the plaintiff will have to prove that the negligence directly led to the death of the other person. An experienced lawyer will understand what is needed to meet the burden of proof to prove fault in the case. They will also be able to effectively communicate your demands and wishes with attorneys, insurance companies, and whoever else may be involved.
A wrongful death lawyer is most equipped to pursue compensation for you and your loved ones. This compensation comes as a result of a settlement through negotiations, or a verdict in a courtroom. It is very likely that the at-fault party’s insurance company will offer you a settlement soon after the accident, but this first offer is unlikely to truly cover the costs of your loved one’s death. Your lawyer can evaluate any offers made to you to decide whether they are acceptable, negotiate with insurance until an acceptable offer is made, and take your claim to court if necessary. With a lawyer, you are far more likely to receive the full amount of compensation you deserve, all while giving yourself and your family the time you need to grieve.
Why Call Our Wrongful Death Lawyers?
Adams Law Firm is one of the leading law firms in Katy. Some of the qualities that set us apart include:
- 35+ years of award-winning experience
- Millions of dollars obtained for our clients
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas – National Trial Lawyers
- AV® Rating for ethical standards & legal skill
Wrongful death claims are a lawsuit brought directly against the person who is at fault for the death. At Adams Law Firm, we understand that negligence, recklessness, or a lack of skill can cause a tragic accident, and we will explore all avenues to find where the trouble originated. Even if it is established that the wrongdoer is criminally at fault and is being charged with murder, manslaughter or homicide, you can still file a wrongful death case in civil court. If the death-causing accident was a workplace accident, for example, then the employer may be sued for allowing negligent conditions to exist.
Wrongful Death Cases We Handle
Wrongful death claims can be filed under a wide variety of circumstances. By definition, a wrongful death claim is only a claim that is filed if someone dies as a result of another’s negligence or intentional actions, so this will cover a large array of accidents and as well as violent crimes that result in someone’s death. Some of the most common wrongful death claims arise from incidents including:
- Car Accidents: This includes accidents that are caused by another drivers’ negligent behavior, such as speeding, failing to yield, drunk driving and a host of other causes of fatal accidents. This may also be due to faulty equipment that resulted in a fatal accident.
- Truck Accidents: Truck drivers and their companies are typically held to very high standards of driving, and rightfully so. Truckers who are behaving negligently, companies who do not maintain their vehicles and train their employees, and manufactures that make defective parts may all be involved in a wrongful death claim in a trucking accident.
- Medical Malpractice: A death due to medical malpractice can be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. This could be from administering the wrong kind of dosage of a medication, failure to monitor patients’ vital signs, or making errors during surgery, among other causes.
- Nursing Home Abuse: Nursing home residents may pass away as a result of abuse or neglect in a nursing home in a variety of ways, including malnutrition, dehydration, medication errors, physical abuse, allowing residents to fall, and more.
- Product Liability: Manufacturers must produce safe products – when they fail to do so, you can hold them accountable. Examples of commonly defective products include car parts, household products, medical devices, power tools, and more.
- Workplace Accidents: If a loved one was killed in a workplace accident, you may have the standing to file a wrongful death suit against the employer. This can include slip-and-fall accidents, accidents due to faulty equipment or a number of other types of workplace accidents that result in death. In this case, you will have to establish that the employer’s negligence was the cause of the accident.
- Motorcycle Accidents: Often, motorists are not looking out for motorcycles. If a loved one has died in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death suit against the driver that hit the motorcyclist.
- Criminal Behavior: This can include robbery, homicide, and other violent crimes. Keep in mind that wrongful death lawsuits are not criminal cases but civil cases, so you will need to speak with an attorney more about your options if you have lost a loved one due to criminal behavior.
Though these are some of the most common causes of wrongful death, this list is not exhaustive. If your loved one passed away as a result of someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or malicious actions, you should contact Adams Law Firm for help.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Case?
In the state of Texas, only certain people may file a wrongful death case after an accident. You may pursue financial compensation if your relation to the deceased was as:
- A spouse
- An adult child
- A parent
- The executor of the will – with permission from surviving family members
It should be noted that you may not file a claim for the wrongful death of one of your siblings.
Types of Compensation
Compensation that you can recover through a wrongful death claim will vary depending on the details of your case. Some common types of compensation available include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical expenses resulting from the incident incurred before death
- For widowers, compensation can be up to the loss of support through the presumed retirement age
- For spouses, compensation can include the loss of the other spouse’s services and loss of consortium (companionship)
- For minor children with a surviving guardian, compensation can include support through age 18 and potentially college
- For other, non-immediate relatives, they can receive compensation if they can prove that the deceased relative provided financial support
While we can never guarantee compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit, a dedicated Katy area wrongful death lawyer can go a long way towards helping you understand your legal options, about compensation and who can file a suit. The wrongful death lawyers of Adams Law Firm are here to help you understand these in greater depth.
You need to work with Adams Law Firm
After a death has occurred, many family members do not know where to turn or who to trust. The first action that you should take is to contact Adams Law Firm. We know that the grief you are feeling can be crippling, and we want to be the ones who help you find your voice. We handle each case personally and strive to pursue the proper course of legal action with both aggression and precision. Do not spend another minute grieving in silence – contact Adams Law Firm today and speak with a dedicated and understanding Katy personal injury lawyer now. We proudly offer case evaluations to all potential personal injury clients – schedule yours today.
Call (800) 559-0593 or contact us online to discuss your options in a free case evaluation.
The Adams Law Firm Difference
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