Wrongful Death Lawsuits


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Generally, in Texas, “heirs of the body” are entitled to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against someone who is at fault for the death of a family member. Heirs of the body refers to parents, spouses and children of the deceased.

There are many different types of wrongful death lawsuits ranging from dangerous and defective products, plant explosions, medical malpractice or car and 18 wheeler accidents. With a sudden and unexpected accident the family is usually ill prepared to consider a wrongful death lawsuit.

Many professional studies have indicated that the loss of a loved one is one of the most serious stress causing events in a person’s life. It is at this time of maximum stress that sometimes paralyzes a family from taking action to work to secure justice for their loss. In some cases, time is of the essence and quick action can be vitally important to preserving and gathering important evidence for use in a wrongful death case.

Some of the damages relating to wrongful death lawsuits in Texas are designed to compensate family members for their personal loss of a loved one. If the deceased provided financial support or household services those are taken into consideration. Personal emotional trauma and loss of love and affection are a big part of many wrongful death claims. If a defendant took extreme risks that were known to the defendant then punitive damages may also be a factor in wrongful death litigation.

The importance of getting early representation by an Austin wrongful death attorney cannot be overstressed. The fact gathering investigation can be hampered by time in cases where evidence may disappear. For example, after a fatal truck accident, skid marks in debris on the highway may be very important for a reenactment of the 18-wheeler accident. Too, the vehicles themselves may be important to a reconstruction and many defense attorneys have taken the steps of trying to place a vehicle back in service as quickly as possible in an effort to prevent discovery of some potentially damaging factors.

People who have difficulty overcoming their grief are well advised to seek out friends, family members and church as soon as practical. There are many organizations that are available to families dedicated to helping people cope with the loss of a loved one. There is no shame in seeking professional help after a family member is suddenly taken from you.

If you lost a loved one and like to speak with an Austin wrongful death attorney feel free to contact the Baumgartner law firm for a no obligation consultation.

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