If you’ve lost a spouse, child, or parent and you believe someone else is to blame, it’s important to call a West Texas wrongful death lawyer as soon as you can.
The tragedy of losing someone close to you has likely left you reeling from pain and sadness. In any case of an unexpected passing, it’s natural for survivors to feel utterly crushed by grief. But when the death is due to another person or party’s negligence, your devastation may be compounded by anger, confusion, and feelings of helplessness.
Your family member’s death may have also thrown your finances into chaos. All of a sudden you have a funeral to pay for and possible medical bills without the deceased person’s income. It is a profoundly unfair situation.
A wrongful death attorney cannot bring back your loved one. We cannot erase your grief. But what we can do is listen to your story, assess the facts, and, if appropriate, help you bring a wrongful death suit against the parties responsible for your relative’s injury and death. We can help ease your financial burden as you navigate life going forward — and bring you some sense of justice.
To schedule a free initial consultation with one of the wrongful death lawsuit lawyers at the Hanna Law Firm, call (432) 580-4878 or schedule an appointment via our online form. We are happy to see you at any of our four offices in Texas: Abilene, Midland, Sweetwater and Odessa.
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Not just anyone can file a wrongful death lawsuit after the death of someone they care about. Texas law states that in order to file one with the help of your wrongful death lawyer, you must be the victim’s child (minor or adult), parent, or spouse. Legally adopted children may file a wrongful death lawsuit after the death of their adoptive parent (and vice versa), but not after the death of their biological parent. If there are multiple eligible survivors, they may file a claim together. Siblings, grandparents, and other relatives of the person who died may not file a wrongful death suit.
There is no single answer to the question of how much money you may end up receiving in a wrongful death case. There are many factors that must be weighed in determining the “worth” of a suit. This does not mean that one person’s life is more valuable than someone else’s life. Rather, it’s simply a calculation based on the actual monetary losses suffered by the survivors as a result of their loved one’s death. Some of the considerations that go into determining value in a wrongful death lawsuit include:
At the Hanna Law Firm, one of our experienced wrongful death lawyers will be happy to discuss your situation and how much money your suit may be worth. Call our office at (432) 580-4878.
Damages is a legal term for the compensation you may receive in a wrongful death or personal injury case. While the two types of lawsuits bear some similarities, the details of the types of damages that you can recover are somewhat different. In a wrongful death case, damages are designed to compensate survivors for the losses they’ve suffered due to the death of their close family member. Specifically, damages may fall into the following categories:
In some wrongful death cases, survivors may receive punitive, or exemplary damages. These are awarded only in cases of gross negligence or if the death was due to a willful act or omission. This type of damages are designed to punish the guilty party.
If there is more than one eligible survivor, damages will be awarded based on the proportion they’ve suffered due to the death, as determined by the court.
In the state of Texas, survivors have just two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit after the death of their loved one. But it’s best to get the ball rolling as soon as possible — and not wait until the last minute. This will give your West Texas wrongful death lawyer time to research and build a strong case.
After the untimely death of your loved one, it’s important to think about hiring a wrongful death lawyer — and do it quickly. In some cases, the responsible party’s insurance company may approach survivors and attempt to give them a settlement. With funeral expenses and other bills relating to the accident piling up, you may be tempted to take this money. But what they are doing is paying you a minimal amount so you will go away. A wrongful death lawyer working on your behalf will be able to calculate the true value of your claim and fight to get you every penny you deserve.
The dedicated attorneys at the Hanna Law Firm will thoroughly research the circumstances of your loved one’s death, find every party responsible, and make sure they are brought to justice. Call our wrongful death lawyers in Texas at (432) 580-4878.
In order for a wrongful death claim to be successful, there are a few elements that must be in place.
For example, every driver has an obligation — or “duty of care” — to drive safely and follow all traffic laws. If your loved one was hit and killed by a person driving while impaired, speeding, or otherwise breaking the rules of the road, you may have a case for a wrongful death lawsuit.
Or maybe your relative was an oilfield worker who was killed in an explosion on the job. A subsequent investigation then revealed that the equipment was not properly maintained or workers were not properly trained which lead to the incident. There was a duty of care that was breached by the responsible parties, and you may have a case for a wrongful death suit. If you are unsure if you can file a wrongful death claim for your loved one who passed away, call us at (432) 580-4878. Our experienced compassionate attorneys are ready to help and will give you a free initial consultation.
Wrongful death cases take many forms, and every one of them differs in its circumstances and details. But here are a few of the more common types in broad strokes:
At the Hanna Law Firm, we understand that you are grieving. Our job is to handle every detail of your case and fight to win you justice ― so you can focus on yourself and moving forward with your life. To meet with one of our compassionate and skilled wrongful death attorneys, call (432) 580-4878 or fill out our online form and we will get back to you quickly. We have offices in Abilene, Odessa, Sweetwater and Midland, and the initial consultation is free.