Laredo Wrongful Death Lawyer
The death of a family member is a tragedy and the grief may seem insurmountable. When you discover that the death was preventable and due to the negligence of another, your grief is compounded. If you were financially dependent on the one who died, in addition to your tears, you are left with the stress of wondering how you are going to pay your mortgage or rent, buy your groceries, or pay your car insurance. Minor children are often insecure, not knowing now what their future holds.
At the Laredo Law Office of Eric A. Ramos, we know that no amount of money can make up for the loss of your loved one. We also know that receiving compensation from whoever negligently took your loved one’s life can help you get through the coming months and years with some financial security.
Wrongful Death: What it Means and Who Can File a Lawsuit
Texas law defines a wrongful death as one that is caused by an “act of neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default” of one party against another. The law also provides for certain people who had a close relationship to the deceased to file a wrongful death lawsuit against those who were negligent.
The survivors who may file a lawsuit include:
- The spouse of the deceased.
- Children of the deceased, both biological and legally adopted.
- Parents of the deceased.
The survivors may file one lawsuit on behalf of all of them, or each one may individually file their own lawsuit. If none of them file within three months of the death, the executive or personal representative of the deceased’s estate may file on behalf of the estate.
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Damages Available for Wrongful Death
The law outlines the damages that you may collect from those who were responsible for your loved one’s death. They include:
- Funeral and burial expenses.
- Medical expenses incurred by the decedent that were due to the negligent act.
- Future financial support the deceased would have provided for the survivor.
- Compensation for pain, suffering, and loss of companionship.
- Loss of inheritance such as the retirement pension the decedent would have earned except for the death.
Why You Need a Laredo Wrongful Death Attorney
Unfortunately, insurance adjusters, who are working on behalf of the company who insured whoever negligently caused the death of your loved one, are not your friend. No matter how compassionate adjusters seem to be, remember that their mission is to save their company money. That means paying you as little as they can.
At a time when you are vulnerable, they make a low offer, knowing you need money and you will be inclined to take whatever is offered. If you accept the offer, you will waive your right to ever collect more no matter how unfair you later discover the settlement was.
At the Laredo Law Office of Eric A. Ramos, we know how to properly value your loss. We also know how to negotiate with the adjusters in order to maximize your compensation. If necessary to take your case to trial, we are avid advocates in the courtroom.
Type of Cases We Handle
Most of the types of cases we handle arise from the following types of accidents:
- Motorcycle and pedestrian accidents.
- Car accidents.
- Trucking accidents.
- Work-related accidents like falls off of ladders, scaffolding, or other high places.
- Defective products and equipment.
- Any accident which resulted in a fatal injury.
Schedule a Free, Confidential, No-Obligation Consultation
At the Laredo Law Office of Eric A. Ramos, we offer an initial free consultation. This is totally confidential. If we decide to work together and go forward with the lawsuit, we charge you nothing, no fees or costs, unless we recover compensation for the death of your loved one.
Except in very rare cases, the law requires you to bring your case within two years of the death of your loved one. If you miss that deadline, you will never be able to seek compensation for your loss. Do not wait. Contact us now at (956) 275-6060.
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