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Did another person cause the death of your loved one?

When a Texas family loses a loved one unexpectedly, it can be devastating. If you lost a family member in an accident caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another person, you may have grounds to move forward with a civil claim. While this cannot reverse what happened to you, it can help you recoup certain losses.

An unexpected death in the family can leave you with medical bills and funeral costs, but it can also leave you dealing with the implications of lost income, loss of companionship and much more. You and your grieving family may find it beneficial to explore the legal options that may be available to you.

How do you know if you have a wrongful death claim?

Not everyone who loses a loved one in an accident will have valid grounds to seek compensation through a civil claim. However, it may be worthwhile for you to explore a wrongful death lawsuit. In order to have a valid case, you must have evidence of the following elements:

  • Proof that your family is suffering financial harm due to your loss
  • Evidence the death was the result of the negligence or reckless actions of another person
  • Proof that a loved one died and that one person was appointed to act on behalf of his or her estate

Car accidents are one of the most common reasons for wrongful death claims, but that is not the only valid reason for a civil claim. Other reasons to seek compensation through a wrongful death claim include the following:

  • Medical malpractice situations that result in a person's death
  • Aviation or boating accidents
  • Criminal activity
  • Accidents that occurred during a supervised activity

Many times, grieving families fail to understand they could have grounds for a civil claim. It may be difficult to think about at this time, but you may find great benefit in fully exploring all of the legal options that could be available to you. 

Moving forward after a tragic accident

There is nothing that can reverse the damage done when you lose a loved one. However, it is possible that your family could recover some of your financial losses associated with the wrongful death incident.

A civil claim will also allow you the opportunity to seek appropriate damages for your pain and suffering, as well as loss of consortium and other intangible losses. The aftermath of an unexpected death can be devastating, but you do not have to walk through it alone.

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