The loss of a loved one has the potential to devastate your entire Texas family, leaving you with unexpected grief, financial loss and other complications. The impact of an accidental death is not only shocking, but it also has the potential to leave you with bills you cannot pay and economic impacts you did not expect. You may be wondering what your family can do to pick up the pieces and move forward after this type of traumatic event.
There may be certain legal options available to your family. If the death of your loved one is the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another person, you could have grounds to pursue a wrongful death claim. This may allow you to recoup your losses and secure compensation for the various types of damages you experienced as a result of the death of your loved one.
Valid grounds for a wrongful death claim
Certain elements must be present in order to have a valid wrongful death claim. In most cases, a family member could have grounds to file a lawsuit, including the spouse, children, parent or other close relative. In the claim, you may seek damages for pain and suffering, financial losses, lost income and more. In order to have a successful wrongful death claim, you must have evidence of the following:
- The death of a person
- Negligence or reckless behavior that contributed to the death of the person
- Monetary suffering as a result of the death
- Appointment of a specific person to act as representative of the estate
The unexpected death of someone you love is an emotional loss, but you could also suffer long into the future due to loss of inheritance, loss of companionship, loss of financial support and more. In your claim, you could have the right to recompense for emotional duress, as well as economic and non-economic losses.
Where should you start?
The process of seeking a wrongful death claim can be daunting to someone who is dealing with the fallout of the unexpected loss of a loved one. If you believe you have a claim, you may benefit from an assessment of your case and explanation of the specific legal options available to you. Wrongful death civil claims are time-sensitive, and your quick action could make a significant difference in the outcome of your case.