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What is a wrongful death claim and how can it help me?

Death is an unfortunate reality of life that, at one point or other, affects us all. When it comes too early and at the hands of someone else, surviving family members may, understandably, question the circumstances behind it. In certain situations, wrongful death claims can be filed in a Texas civil court on behalf of victims who lost their lives due to someone else's negligence.

In order for a wrongful death claim to be filed and successfully litigated, certain key factors must exist. Some of these include the death of a person, proof the death was caused by someone else's negligence and the ability to provide information that shows the death has caused monetary hardship to surviving family members. This type of claim can follow a number of events, including car accidents, bicycle or pedestrian accidents and even workplace incidents.

The loss of a loved one often leads to financial hardship for any family members left behind. A wrongful death claim, if successfully navigated, can help these family members recover financial losses, including funeral expenses, medical costs, lost wages and benefits. Every case is different and, as such, the amount awarded to the victim's family will vary based on the individual circumstances surrounding the event and the familial situation.

Coping with the death of a family member is never an easy thing to do. Texas residents who have lost a loved one at the hands of another individual do not have to face either the situation or financial struggles associated with it alone. If the required elements are in place, a wrongful death claim can help, not only with the monetary issues, but may bring some sense of closure as well.

Source: FindLaw, "Wrongful Death Overview", , Sept. 19, 2014

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