Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Corpus Christi
Wrongful death claims can be complex and confusing, but at their most base level they are meant to offer a means by which individuals can seek compensation for the damages and losses associated with the death of a family member when that death is the result of negligence or reckless behavior.
A thing to remember is that a wrongful death claim is not actually filed on behalf of the deceased family member, nor does it deal with damages suffered by that individual. Instead, wrongful death claims are filed by surviving members of the family seeking damages sustained by them as a result of the death. In fact, when a family seeks compensation on behalf of the deceased, the claim is actually called a survival action (more on that later).
As such, in Corpus Christi, wrongful death lawsuits may be filed by:
Please note that in order for your wrongful claim to be successful, it is essential that you file your lawsuit with a reputable attorney within a specific time frame known as the statute of limitation. Typically, the deadline to file a wrongful death claim is two years; however, waiting can also mean lost evidence and witness clarity, so it is advised that you contact an attorney as soon as possible if you are considering a wrongful death lawsuit.
Recoverable Damages in a Corpus Christi Wrongful Death Lawsuit
As previously mentioned, when you file a wrongful death lawsuit you are actually seeking compensation for damages you personally suffered. Damages commonly sought in wrongful death include:
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of financial support
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of inheritance
- Medical expenses
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of emotional support
- Loss of benefits (i.e. insurance)
Our Corpus Christi wrongful death attorneys have handled countless wrongful death claims and understand the process by which to identify and prove damages in order to provide clients with the best possible outcome for their case. This includes conducting in-depth research, securing evidence immediately after your case is signed, and bringing in industry experts to prove your claim.
Expert Witnesses to Help Move Your Wrongful Death Claim Forward
Thomas J. Henry Law understands the importance of being an expert in your field. This is one reason we place so much value in working with expert witnesses during complex claims. Expert witnesses, also called judicial experts, are additional witnesses that have expertise or specialized knowledge in a particular subject that far surpasses an average person. They are able to provide expert opinions as well as deliver evidence using facts from their field of expertise.
Thomas J. Henry Law has spent more than 25 years building professional relationships with leading experts across a variety of industries and fields.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your wrongful death claim, Thomas J. Henry Law may enlist the help of:
- Accident investigation experts
- Accident re-constructionists
- Forensic engineers
- OSHA consultants
- Medical doctors and physicians
- Commercial trucking regulatory experts
- Grief counselors
Filing a Survival Action in Conjunction with Your Corpus Christi Wrongful Death Lawsuit
We previously made mention of survival actions and how they are different than wrongful death lawsuits. Survival actions allow the family and/or estate of a deceased person to seek compensation for damages suffered by the deceased person prior to their death.
The general idea is that had the deceased person survived, he or she would have been able to pursue legal action against the defendant to recover for pain and suffering. Because the person is no longer able to recover those damages, a survival action states that those damages should in turn be paid to the surviving members of that person’s family.
In Corpus Christi, survival actions can be filed by the deceased person’s legal heir or by an estate representative. Survival actions can be filed in conjunction with a wrongful death claim.
Did You Lose a Family Member to Negligence or Reckless Behavior? Contact Our Corpus Christi Wrongful Death Attorneys Immediately
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of an individual, company, or other entity, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced Corpus Christi wrongful death attorneys have the experience and resources to handle your claim effectively and aggressively.
At Thomas J. Henry Law, we offer FREE case reviews, and you don’t owe a thing unless we win your case. Let us help you and your family recover the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to talk with you.
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