Personal injuries can be devastating to individuals and families. However, the worst of all of these cases is when another individual’s negligent behavior results in the death of someone you love. If you are experiencing the heartbreaking tragedy of wrongful death, work with a lawyer who can get you the best possible outcome.
No amount of monetary compensation can heal the grief of losing a loved one. But a Fort Worth wrongful death lawyer at Loncar Lyon Jenkins can handle the details of your loved one’s wrongful death, seeking justice and closure for your family.
What Is Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death occurs when someone dies as a result of another person or entity’s negligence or criminal behavior.
The surviving family members of the deceased must show that their loved one’s death was caused by a negligent or intentional act committed by another party and that they have been harmed as a result.
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Types of Wrongful Death Cases
Wrongful death can occur for many reasons, and we are prepared for all of these related practice areas. However, legally, wrongful death refers to a death of a human being as the result of someone else’s wrongful action.
The most common cause of wrongful death is a car accident. And they are often more straightforward when it comes to determining liability. Other causes of wrongful death may include the following:
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accidents
- Criminal behavior
- Defective products
- Dangerous property conditions
Filing a claim in a wrongful death case is one way to hold liable parties responsible, helping to prevent liable companies or individuals from hurting others with these mistakes in the future. Our Forth Worth personal injury lawyers recognize the severity of the situation and will approach your case with care and respect.
The Phases of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
When you reach out to one of our wrongful death lawyers, we will walk you through each step of the process. Our goal is to keep you in the loop without overwhelming you so we will take care of everything from the initial phone call to the final outcome.
So, what is our process? A wrongful death lawsuit will enter three phases.
This is where you get a bird’s eye view of all the information on your case. Street video footage, eyewitness statements, and police reports are among the data we could gather.
This typically involves negotiating with insurance companies. Negotiation is an attempt to resolve your case before trial. If the insurance company or liable party agrees to pay fair compensation for all damages, your case can be resolved quickly. There will not be any need to go forward.
3. Trial Phases
Sometimes, a trial is necessary. This last step will not necessarily occur if we can reach a settlement before that point. This is generally a last resort, but we are prepared to go there if the situation calls. We go over all evidence on file in these stages and establish the most effective way to move forward.
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How a Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help You
Many clients pursuing compensation in a wrongful death case are seeking justice. It can bring a feeling of closure and peace, allowing you to begin the healing process. Our legal team takes the added responsibilities off your plate by taking care of stressful tasks.
You will not be on your own against liable parties or insurance companies. Here is what we can do for you:
- Our legal team will investigate your case
- Gather all necessary resources
- File all the paperwork for your case
- Investigate the circumstances surrounding the death
- Gather evidence and build a case to support your claim.
Surviving Family Members Can Get Financial Support
After your loved one’s wrongful death, immediate family members can file a wrongful death claim. The people who are legally allowed to file varies by state, but here are a few examples:
- The victim’s personal representative
- Parents and siblings
- Spouse and children
- Anyone who can legally inherit
In some cities, different relations are allowed to file at other times. Check with your lawyer to know which laws apply to residents of Fort Worth.
Recovering Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim
With the help of substantial compensation, you can get restitution for damages like the following:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost wages and benefits
- Loss of companionship
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses from the victim before their death
Many people do not realize just how expensive funerals can be. Here are a few examples of typical costs that end up being a financial burden to surviving families:
- Funeral home charges
- Embalming or cremation costs
- Transportation and burial plot costs
- Headstone or marker expenses
- Funeral service fees
- Death certificates
- Clergy honorariums
- Flowers and obituaries
Our Law Firm Works on Contingency-Fee Arrangements
While many victims are nervous about handling upfront legal fees; we believe this should not be the case. When you are already struggling, you need help—not more bills. That is why we offer a contingency arrangement. Here is what you need to know:
- We do not charge any costs or fees upfront.
- You do not pay anything until we win or settle.
- If we lose, you do not pay anything.
- We will agree on a percentage in advance.
- You can pay the final amount directly from your settlement.
Texas Law Limits Your Time to Take Legal Action
It is important to pay attention to deadlines when filing a claim. If you miss it, your case could be thrown out altogether. For example, in the state of Texas, you have two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim, per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003. Yes, two years can seem like plenty of time to handle legal matters, but that time can fly by when you are grieving.
Call in the Strong Arm to Get Help with Your Case Today
No one should have to experience the tragedy of wrongful death. Victims and their families deserve justice. Our law firm’s attorneys will take care of your case so you can focus on what matters in your life right now. Contact a Fort Worth wrongful death lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins to receive a free consultation today.