Nothing can replace the tragic loss of a loved one. The pain felt from such tragedy is worsened when a death was caused by another’s negligent or reckless act. While the emotional pain of losing one is hard enough, the truth is that a wrongful death also comes with financial implications. These implications include the deceased’s lost income, expenses incurred because of the tragedy, and more. It is not advisable for family members to attempt to deal with insurance companies directly. Hiring an experienced attorney to assist with the process is crucial. Our Austin personal injury lawyers handle serious loss cases which include wrongful death. We have over twenty-five years of combined experience and are proud of the level of service we provide to our clients. Contact us today to speak with an attorney.
Injury attorneys aggressively protecting those in Austin, Texas who have been the victim of a negligent or wrongful death
Wrongful death lawsuits stem from a loved one’s passing due to the negligent or reckless acts of a defendant. Texas injury law allows the family members to recover compensation as long as the deceased was not more responsible for the accident than was the defendant. The first step in these types of cases is to determine which parties are responsible (such as employees, employers, business owners, etc.). It is also necessary to determine the amount of harm that has been caused. Factors such as financial and economic loss, expenses incurred, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and possibly punitive damages are added together to determine a monetary amount. Once the responsible parties are identified, and damages can be determined, then the case may proceed.
A case will begin by sending a demand for payment to the insurance companies of the responsible parties or to the parties themselves. If a settlement cannot be reached, then it will be necessary to file a Petition (which initiates a lawsuit) with the proper Court. After the Petition is filed then a process known as “discovery” will begin. This allows the Plaintiff to obtain information from defendants. Information obtained will include items relevant to proving negligence such as employment records, correspondence, and any other evidence showing that a dangerous situation was created. The case will proceed to trial after discovery is completed. Trial will consist of testimony from experts as well as the parties themselves. It is crucial that you hire an attorney who is familiar with this process.
Our injury attorneys aggressively protect the victims of wrongful death in Austin and elsewhere in Texas. Once retained, we will immediately send a letter of representation to the defendants and insurance companies so that they will deal with us directly. We have standing relationships with the experts necessary to establish and prove damages in a demand for payment. Should settlement not be reached, then we will file a Petition to initiate court proceedings. We will be in regular contact with you throughout the process and take steps to ensure that you know what to expect as the case goes forward. Contact us today. In addition to Austin, our lawyers 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.
Austin wrongful death lawyers providing a high level of service to their clients
One of the most common complaints against attorneys is that they do not communicate with their clients. Our lawyers strive to provide the highest level of service to Austin area victims of a wrongful death. We return all phone calls within one business day. Our clients are regularly provided with their counsel’s cell phone number to ensure regular contact, and we take additional steps to ensure that people are kept up to date as to the status of their case. Also, our lawyers will explain complex concepts in a simple way that you can understand.