July 30, 2018
Every year, thousands of Texans lose their lives each year because of the negligence or illegal conduct of another person or company doing business here. In the aftermath of a loved one’s unexpected death, family members are not focused on financial and legal matters and, understandably, find these issues overly burdensome and disruptive to the mourning process. Though no amount of compensation can reverse a tragedy, it’s important to understand that Texas law provides an avenue by which family members may seek recourse against those responsible for causing the loss to the family.
When choosing a Texas wrongful death attorney, experience counts.
An experienced attorney with a strong track record in wrongful-death claims knows how to gather and protect the evidence of the case, negotiate meaningful settlements, and win judgments against unreasonable defendants. The personal injury attorneys at Sandoval & Waldman regularly represent clients in wrongful-death cases resulting from car and truck crashes, deaths involving drunk drivers, work injuries involving unsafe work conditions, construction injuries, and deaths caused by faulty equipment or defective products. All of these scenarios could result in a loved one’s death when the applicable rules are not followed. The lawyers at Sandoval & Waldman represent families in wrongful death cases.
Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?
A surviving spouse, children, parents, and the deceased’s estate all have the right to file wrongful death lawsuits. Texas law requires filing a wrongful death lawsuit within two years from the time of death. In the immediate aftermath of a wrongful death, family members generally need to focus on pulling their lives together and coping with shock and grief. The grieving process demands this. Though filing a wrongful-death lawsuit must meet the statute-of-limitations requirements, good attorneys understand that family members need time to mourn before starting legal action but, there is no denying that the longer the potential defendants in a case have to prepare the defense, the more difficult it may be to ensure that all the evidence in favor of the Plaintiffs’ case is preserved.
Choosing a Texas wrongful death attorney
Lawyers earn reputations based on the results they win for clients. Organizations that have built reputations for strong results in wrongful-death cases will provide you with excellent legal representation. Once you identify a firm in your area with the right experience and reputation, it’s important to set a meeting with an attorney. The initial meeting provides an opportunity for the attorney to evaluate your claim and provide an overview of what to expect from the legal process.
It’s also an opportunity for you to evaluate the attorney’s professionalism. On a claim this important, it’s crucial to select an attorney you feel confident will serve your best interests. An attorney who is attentive to your case and has a reputation for strong results can be depended upon to obtain a positive result.
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Sandoval & Waldman has built a strong reputation for personal-injury and wrongful-death case representation. Though the court process can never replace a lost loved one, it can provide needed support to surviving family members. Under Texas Wrongful death law, certain surviving family members can file a claim for compensable damages. For example, surviving family members may seek lost wages, medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost future earning power, and loss of inheritance. In addition to these income-oriented losses, surviving family members could make claims for compensation for mental anguish, pain and suffering of the decedent, loss of companionship, and punitive damages.
Before filing a wrongful death lawsuit, it’s important to select an attorney who can investigate the circumstances and obtain vital evidence. Often, negligent parties will try to avoid responsibility by refusing to acknowledge their role in bringing about the tragedy. Once a tough litigator gets involved, they know the problem won’t just go away. Often, this is enough to force responsible parties to settle. When the defendants are obstinate, a Texas wrongful-death lawyer can prove their liability at trial and obtain a judgement.
When choosing a lawyer, reputation and experience in wrongful-death claims are important factors. It is also key to choose a professional who can give your case the attention it deserves. With a litigation professional handling the case, survivors are free to focus on overcoming grief and putting their lives back together.
Speak with a Wrongful Death Attorney that you can trust and one who can understand your needs. Do not wait! Contact Hector L. Sandoval, your Texas Wrongful Death Attorney, as soon as possible to discuss your case.
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