What qualifies as a wrongful death?
January 5, 2018 -
The grief associated with the loss of a loved one will only be magnified if that death resulted from the negligent actions of someone else. Fortunately, the American civil court system makes it possible to obtain financial compensation in wrongful death cases. However, it will take intervention by an attorney to ensure that such cases are handled properly. This type of assistance is available from personal injury attorney Juan Reyna.
Defining a Wrongful Death
We face many threats throughout our lives (even while doing our daily routines), from motorists who drive while under the influence of alcohol to companies that ignore good safety practices. Other threats come in the form of errors committed by medical practitioners and products that have not been properly designed, tested or built. Fatalities that result from such acts are considered wrongful deaths. Under Texas law, such deaths are defined as those specifically resulting from “carelessness, neglect, unskillfulness, default or wrongful acts” by individuals, groups, organizations or businesses. A wrongful death is not necessarily a crime, which is prosecuted by the state. More information about this issue is available at www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia.
Seeking Compensation in Wrongful Death Cases
Damages may be sought from the responsible party by the victim, to compensate for lost wages, including future earnings, for the loss of companionship and for the mental anguish as a result of the death. However, damages can only be sought by certain individuals, such as the spouse and the children of the deceased. Additionally, proper representation will be needed to navigate the many aspects of the legal system and to ensure that the damages awarded are sufficient to cover the losses that have been experienced. Personal injury attorney ‘Juan Reyna’ will provide representation and advice throughout the legal process, and is prepared to take cases to trial. If you have lost a loved one under such circumstances, you should consider seeking help from Reyna Law Firm.
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