Lost a Loved One Due to the Negligence of Others?
Houston Wrongful Death Lawyers Are Here to Help
Coping with the loss of a loved one can be one of the most difficult things that you face in your life. When a loved one’s death was caused by another person’s negligence or wrongdoing, the grieving process only deepens. Not only was the death unexpected, leaving you with unforeseen responsibilities, but you also now have the burden of pursuing justice. In these cases, you may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the wrongful party and receive the closure and financial compensation to which you and your family deserve.
By definition, a wrongful death is when a person is killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another party. Those who were dependent on the diseased may be entitled to compensation for their losses. Across America, states have passed wrongful death statutes in order to compel corporations and service providers to act carefully in their professional responsibilities to avoid wrongful deaths. Common instances where wrongful death occurs are in hospitals (often during surgical procedures), vehicular accidents, and construction accidents. Whatever the circumstance may be, the Houston wrongful death lawyers at Tilton & Tilton Law Firm are experienced in helping families recovering from the loss of their loved ones.
Who Is Responsible for Wrongful Death?
Depending on the situation, a responsible party may be an individual, a company, or even a mix of entities. A liable party can only be held responsible if it is proved that their actions were what led to the death of the person. In order to have a successful case, the evidence has to prove that the death would not have occurred without the actions of the liable party in question. The time between the death of the decedent and the liable party’s actions does not affect the outcome of the case as long as it can be proven that the actions of the liable party led to the person’s death.
If it can be proven that the liable party is even partially responsible for the death of the deceased person, then they may be found to have what is called comparative negligence. Partial damages could be awarded based on the percentage of negligence that can be attributed to the deceased person. There may not be any grounds for lawsuits if the victim of the accident failed to get medical care, which lead to their death. Identifying responsibility in the wake of a serious accident is complicated and can become increasingly difficult with the addition of multiple parties. Many people choose to seek the help of a legal professional to ensure that their rights are protected and compensation is fairly awarded.
What Damages Are Recoverable in a Wrongful Death Suit?
In a wrongful death case, there are two general types of damages, economic and non-economic. Economic damages are compensation that is awarded for monetary losses and expenses that have been sustained as a result of the liable party’s negligence. They are awarded to the family of the victim for such things as the cost of medical care leading up to the death, funeral expenses and lost wages prior to the death and for a reasonable time after. Non-economic damages are compensation awarded for non-monetary losses and injuries that the family of the victim has suffered as a result of the liable party’s negligence. They are awarded for physical pain and suffering and the destruction of the ability to enjoy life without their loved ones.
While no amount of monetary compensation can ever compensate for the loss of a loved one, being financially stable in your future is crucial to your recovery. Responsible parties must be brought to justice to provide a sense of closure and security to survivors. The laws involved in wrongful death lawsuits are complicated and vary in each state. Immediately after an accident, consideration of a wrongful death lawsuit may not seem pressing, but, wrongful death cases must be filed within a specific time period or you risk losing your right to recover from your damages.
Contact Tilton & Tilton Law Today to Recover From Your Losses
In losing a loved one, you have already suffered enough. You need the help of an experienced, wrongful death lawyer to guide you through the process and help you to receive the monetary damages you are entitled to. At Tilton & Tilton Law Firm, we are experienced and equipped to help clients throughout the state of Texas. Please contact the Houston wrongful death lawyers at Tilton & Tilton Law today for your free consultation.