Amarillo Wrongful Death Lawyers
An accident that happens as the result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing is frustrating. When that accident leads to a catastrophic injury or death, it’s tragic. If you have lost a loved one in an accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death action. Our litigators and personal injury lawyers at McCarn, Weir, & Sherwood Attorneys at Law in Amarillo help hold those responsible for accident injuries accountable for their actions. We also fight for compensation so that you can recover the damages you need to attempt to recover from your loss.
When Does An Accident Lead To A Wrongful Death?
According to the laws in the state of Texas, a death is wrongful when an accident results in the death of another or causes the death of a fetus and that accident or injury is due to someone else’s negligence, carelessness or wrongful act. Essentially, if the deceased would have been able to file a personal injury claim, the decedent’s estate or loved ones may have a cause for a wrongful death claim. For a wrongful death action to be successful in Texas, you just have to show that it is slightly more likely than not that the person you are suing caused your loved one’s death.
What Sorts Of Damages Can You Recover In A Wrongful Death In Texas?
We know that no amount of money can ever bring back your loved one. Any lawsuit for damages can’t possibly cover something as invaluable as a human life. Usually, though, a wrongful death action can ask for the same damages you would be able to pursue in a personal injury lawsuit. You can ask for money to cover medical bills and expenses that were incurred as a result of the accident, as well as funeral costs and expenses. You can also ask for money to recover lost income, a loss of companionship, and emotional pain and suffering. In some cases, you might also be able to ask for punitive, or exemplary damages that are meant to punish the defendant for intentional wrongdoing or gross negligence.
What Is The Deadline For Filing A Wrongful Death Claim?
The statute of limitations, or deadline for filing any personal injury claim in the state of Texas, including a wrongful death action is two years from the day the person died. If you don’t file a claim for damages within the two-year deadline, you could miss out on recovering any damages for your loss. If you believe that you might have a claim for the wrongful death of a loved one, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Our personal injury lawyers and litigators at McCarn, Weir, & Sherwood Attorneys at Law will fight to protect your right to recover damages from your loss and help make sure that you get the compensation you deserve. Insurance companies often try to settle for less. But our attorneys have 120 years of combined experience, and that experience includes representing clients on both sides of a personal injury lawsuit. We use this knowledge, experience and understanding to our advantage in a wrongful death action. Our litigators are tough negotiators and fierce litigators.
Consult A Personal Injury Lawyer Today
To speak with one of our attorneys about a possible wrongful death lawsuit, contact our office by calling 806-223-0960 or by sending us an email through our contact form. We know that a wrongful death lawsuit won’t bring back your loved one. But it can help make things financially easier and allow you to begin to move forward.