Unfortunately, there are many instances in which a person can be killed as a result of the negligence or recklessness of another. When this happens, the survivors who are left behind are alone, grief-stricken and often left with no means of financial support or way to pay the bills that they’ve been left with. One option for these survivors is the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit.
A wrongful death lawsuit seeks remedies against those who are responsible for the death. It can be filed in response to a car or truck accident, a case of medical malpractice, product liability, construction accidents and many other types of accidents or cases of negligence. Defendants in wrongful death cases can be individuals, companies or even government agencies.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim
In order to file a wrongful death claim, a person has to be able to show that they have been damaged by the decedent’s death. In most cases those who can file a claim are members of the immediate family, including spouses and children, but depending on what state the suit is being filed in it can also be partners and other financial dependents, distant family members, and anybody who suffers financially as a result of the death.
Wrongful death claims can be filed against a person, a company or organization, and even against a governmental body. A wrongful death claim involving a car accident may be filed against the other driver, the designer or builder of a road, a manufacturer of a vehicle part that is defective, or even a bar owner that served alcohol to a drunk driver.
How a Wrongful Death Claim Can Help
If you have had a loved one die as a result of somebody else’s actions, a Houston personal injury lawyer can advise you of your rights and of how they can be of service.
Though a lawsuit can’t bring your loved one back, it can provide you with economic and financial stability, can help you pay any bills that have been incurred, and can punish those responsible.
Damages can include making up for the losses of the loved one’s income and support, compensation for pain and suffering and loss of consortium, and interest and attorneys’ fees. Calculating these damages is just a small part of what a personal injury attorney can do for you. For more information, call an experienced lawyer.