This post concludes and recaps our series on the handling of wrongful death cases in Austin, Texas. We felt it necessary to write on this issue as, for understandable reasons, family members are distraught following a loved one’s passing. Dealing with the legal system will often not be the first thing on the minds of surviving family members. However, many future issues may arise in such case. By retaining an attorney immediately, you will have counsel who can focus on the legal process while you focus on the important business of putting your life back together. The goal of our last several posts has been to provide information which will help you make an informed choice when selecting a lawyer.
We have addressed several topics over our recent articles. Issues which have analyzed include:
- Identifying defendants in wrongful death cases
- Determining damages after a wrongful death
- Discovery in wrongful death cases
- Taking a wrongful death case to trial
These were important topics to discuss for several reasons. First, in such cases there may be multiple defendants. If a commercial entity was involved, for example, then it may necessary to bring suit against an employee, the corporate entity, and the owners of the corporate entity. Second, the calculation of damages in these cases is complicated as it is necessary to both determine how the loss has impacted family members and to determine the amounts which the deceased would have been expected to earn during their lifetime. Third, discovery is needed in such cases in order to make sure that evidence is available at trial. Finally, trials in such matters are highly contested as there tend to be more disputes over whether or not evidence should be admissible than there are in other injury matters.
One point we have stressed through each of these articles is that you should retain an experienced law firm to assist you in such matters. By retaining experienced counsel you help to ensure that the unique situations, which arise in these types of matters, are handled correctly. Our Austin wrongful death attorneys practice exclusively in the area of personal injury law and are ready to assist you if a loved one has been taken by the negligence of another. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also service Travis County cities which include Rollingwood, Round Rock, Elgin, Jonestown, Manor, Bee Cave, Lago Vista, Sunset Valley, Lakeway, Creedmoor, the Williamson County cities of Georgetown, Cedar Park, and Leander, as well as other areas of Texas.