Killeen Wrongful Death Lawyer
Accidents happen every day in Killeen, Texas. Sadly, not everyone who is involved in a Killeen accident will survive. There are dozens of fatalities every year. If you’ve lost someone you love, you might want to consider a wrongful death claim.
Money won’t turn back the clock or bring your loved one back to you. However, it can help as you grieve and move on with your life. This is particularly true if you relied heavily on your loved one for financial support and assistance.
Contact the compassionate legal team at Lorenz & Lorenz to learn about your legal rights and options. You may be entitled to compensation for your loved one’s tragic and untimely death. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will fight to get you every dollar your family needs and deserves as this difficult time. We offer a free consultation, so call our Killeen law office for help today.
Why Should I Hire a Killeen Wrongful Death Lawyer?
You shouldn’t have to deal with a complicated legal claim while you’re grieving the loss of someone you love. Hiring an attorney gives you the time and space you need to focus on putting your life back together. It can also put you in the best position to maximize your financial recovery.
At Lorenz & Lorenz, our attorneys understand how devastated and overwhelmed you must be. We also know that it can be challenging to obtain the compensation to which you’re entitled. Insurance companies will try to fight you every step of the way. They may even try to blame your loved one for their own death. They’ll try to manipulate you and take advantage of your grief.
As your attorneys, we’ll stand up to them for you. We’ll carefully investigate the fatal accident and do our best to find out why it happened. We’ll identify everyone who is to blame. With the help of Texas injury experts, we’ll gather the evidence we need to leverage insurers and defendants into paying you the money you deserve.
We’ll be here for you throughout the entire process. Our goal is to help you as much as we can during this very difficult time in your life. Call our Killeen law firm today to learn more.
What is Wrongful Death?
When someone dies unexpectedly because of another person’s actions, the surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In Texas, wrongful death means that a death is the result of someone’s “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default.”
In other words, someone either intentionally or negligently caused someone you love to die. Their actions must have been a proximate cause of that death. In other words, your loved one would still be alive had the other person not acted the way they did.
Our personal injury lawyers will help you with your wrongful death lawsuit after any fatal accident, including:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bike accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Truck accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dog bites
- Defective products, and more.
Contact our skilled legal team today to discuss your case.
Who Can File a Killeen Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Just because someone you know or love has died in a Killeen accident doesn’t mean that you automatically have the right to file a wrongful death claim. In Texas, only certain individuals will have this opportunity.
A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed by a victim’s surviving:
- Child (natural or adopted), or
So, siblings, fiances, dating partners, or other relatives can’t file a wrongful death claim.
What If My Loved One Is Blamed For the Accident That Killed Them?
Accidents happen for a lot of different reasons. Many times, more than one person is to blame. It’s possible that your loved one’s own negligence may have contributed to their own fatal accident. This could affect your right to recover compensation.
Texas is a modified comparative fault state. You can seek damages as long as your loved one was less than 51 percent responsible for their fatal accident.
If your loved one is allocated some of the fault for their Killeen accident, your damages will be reduced. They’ll be reduced by however much your loved one was responsible for their accident. If they were 25 percent at fault, your damages would be reduced by 25 percent.
It’s important to work with an attorney who knows how to protect you from allegations of fault. The less fault your loved one shares, the more money you can seek.
What Damages Can I Get With a Wrongful Death Claim?
Wrongful death matters are different from other types of personal injury cases. When you file a wrongful death lawsuit in Killeen, there are certain restrictions on the types of damages you can obtain. These include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills incurred prior to the accident victim’s death
- The loss of financial support the victim would have provided if they survived
- Mental anguish and emotional distress associated with the victim’s death
- Loss of love, support, guidance, comfort, care, companionship, and society, and
- Loss of inheritance.
You may, however, be able to recover additional compensation by filing a survival action. With a survival action, the personal representative for your loved one’s estate seeks damages they would have been able to seek, had they lived. This could include money for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more.
A survival action can only be filed if the accident victim wasn’t instantly killed in an accident. They must have survived their injuries for some time, even briefly.
You Deserve an Experienced Killeen Wrongful Death Lawyer
You’ve suffered a devastating loss because someone else was careless. Now you’re struggling with unimaginable pain as you grieve. While money won’t bring your loved one back, it can help during this tough time. Our attorneys will fight to get compensation from the person who put you in this impossible situation.
Contact our Killeen wrongful death lawyers to schedule a free consultation. Our compassionate legal team will review your case and answer any questions you have. There’s a limited amount of time to pursue compensation, so call our law firm to discuss your case today.