The loss of a loved one is much than just an emotional loss – it can lead to very real, significant financial loss that can impact a Texas family for years to come. If you lost a loved one in an accident caused by the negligence of another party, it may be possible to pursue damages through a civil claim. However, it is prudent to understand the true value of your case before moving forward.
After a fatal accident, an insurance company may offer your family a settlement, but often, these offers do not reflect the true value of your case. Before you sign a settlement agreement or move forward with a civil claim, it may be beneficial to be fully aware of your rights and to know how much your case is worth. A complete assessment of your case may be useful.
Types of damages and what you deserve
Each wrongful death claim is different. The types of damages and potential compensation available to you depend on the individual losses you experienced and other factors. Damages are not always dependent on financial loss. Non-economic suffering is a very real effect of a fatal accident, and your family could be eligible for restitution for more than just your medical bills and funeral costs. Some examples of damages that could be available to you include the following:
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of comfort
- Loss of society
- Loss of moral support
Economic damages available to you may depend on factors such as the income of the deceased, his or her age at the time of death, amount of medical bills, your loved one’s earning capacity and more. It can be important for grieving families to take steps to ensure they understand what their case is worth and to fight for the full amount.
Walking through the aftermath
The aftermath of a fatal accident is both traumatic and complex, and loved ones may find it difficult to know what to do during this incredibly difficult time. Fortunately, you do not have to face it alone. You can have help and support while gaining a complete evaluation of your rights and options. It can be important to seek the appropriate help and legal support soon after a fatal accident. These cases are time sensitive, and quick action can be important for your success with a potential civil claim.