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When you unexpectedly lose a loved one, the grief can be overwhelming. You may feel devastated, shocked, traumatized, or angry. Any death becomes even more tragic when it could have been prevented. When you experience the death of a loved one due to the negligence or carelessness of another person, you have the right to feel outraged. You may also have the right to be compensated for your loss. If you have lost someone and you suspect that you may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit, we would like to help you. Our legal team can help you get the peace of mind, justice, and compensation that you deserve.

When you are mourning the loss of a loved one, the last thing you want to think about is legal action. However, taking appropriate legal action has helped many people move forward following a devastating loss. Pursuing justice may help you rebuild economically and emotionally and may even help prevent similar deaths from occurring in the future.

Understanding the facts about wrongful death cases can help you determine if you should pursue a claim. A wrongful death occurs when someone dies because of the negligence or misconduct of another. In the state of Texas, this can be another human being or a corporation. Wrongful death claims are separate from any criminal cases, meaning that you may still proceed with a civil lawsuit even if criminal prosecution is in process. Because the burden of proof is significantly higher in criminal cases than in civil cases, it is not uncommon to prevail in a wrongful death lawsuit even if the defendant has been released from criminal culpability.

The most important factors in a wrongful death lawsuit are:

  • Negligence, malicious intent, or recklessness by a corporation, person, or other entity.
  • A link of causation between the negligence, malicious intent, or recklessness, and the death.
  • Damages suffered by surviving family members.

Our experienced team of lawyers has built up strong expertise in advocating on behalf of wrongful death victims and obtaining the maximum compensation possible for bereaved loved ones.

We have a deliberate and detailed process that allows us to advocate for our clients in the best manner possible. We understand that every wrongful death case is unique, and as such, begin every client relationship with a 100% free consultation. This permits us to gather all relevant details about your specific case so that we can determine how to best move forward. We will then perform a deep and thorough investigation and gather evidence to strengthen your case. Next, we will formally file a wrongful death claim with the court. Then comes the pre-trial and negotiation stage, which involves sharing evidence with the defendant’s legal team and potentially negotiating a settlement. If we cannot come to a fair agreement that provides you with the compensation you deserve, we will proceed to trial and fight for justice in court.

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Establishing Liability

Determining who is at fault for a wrongful death is a key factor in any case. However, each wrongful death case has its own set of circumstances that make it unique and impact how liability will be determined. In some situations, it is clear upon whose shoulders blame should fall. In other cases, however, the line is murky. It is the responsibility and commitment of our legal team to ensure that every party that can be held accountable for your loved one’s death will be held accountable.

Our attorneys have a demonstrated track record of fighting wrongful death cases by delving deep into the details of each unique situation to determine liability.

We have worked on wrongful death cases related to medical negligence and malpractice. These cases can involve surgical errors, medication overdosing, misdiagnosis, or some other substandard level of care. In many wrongful death cases having to do with medical negligence, doctors, nurses, or other medical personnel are held accountable. In some cases, however, there may be evidence implicating a facility like a hospital or nursing home as well.

Our team has also worked on wrongful death cases caused by motor vehicle accidents. Texas has an average of ten motor vehicle fatalities a day. Many of these are preventable and may meet the standard for wrongful death. Drivers are often held liable for their negligence or recklessness in these situations. They can be blamed for things like drunk driving or driving under the influence, distracted driving, and dangerous driving. We may also be able to hold vehicle manufacturers liable.

We have also fought on behalf of loved ones experiencing a work-related death. These can include deaths caused by falls, equipment malfunctions, or illnesses caused by hazardous workplace conditions. Employers and third-party contractors are often held liable in these types of wrongful death cases, but we may also be able to make a case for holding manufacturing companies liable in certain scenarios.

Our attorneys have also worked on wrongful death cases related to defective products. When a product malfunctions, the manufacturer of said product is usually held accountable. We can also make the case that the seller of such a product should be held liable.

Choosing a Lawyer

If you have recently experienced the death of a loved one and think you may have grounds to file a wrongful death claim, we urge you to contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible. The legal system can be incredibly confusing and complex to maneuver and you will need an experienced legal team on your side to help you get the justice that you deserve. Our lawyers have a demonstrated track record of advocating on behalf of wrongful death victims and their surviving loved ones. You have experienced enough pain and do not deserve to continue suffering alone. Allow us to relieve you of some of that burden. We want to pursue justice on your behalf so that you can get the closure you need to move on.

Recovering Damages

We understand that money may be the furthest thing on your mind. You may not want to think about money after such a devastating experience, but we know that following the death of a loved one, families can experience debilitating economic consequences. We know that no amount of money will ever even begin to make up for what you have lost and the suffering you continue to endure, but our team has seen the impact that financial compensation can have on families that are trying to rebuild and move forward. The unfortunate reality is that sometimes economic justice is all we have. As such, we believe that you deserve to recoup the maximum possible compensation.

Our attorneys will fight tirelessly to get you what you deserve. This can include damages related to funeral expenses, medical bills, and the loss of future earnings, benefits, and inheritance. Additionally, we can recover damages related to the loss of your relationship with your loved one, including companionship or parental guidance. Finally, we can fight to recover damages related to the pain and suffering that your loved one was forced to endure prior to death. This encompasses mental anguish, emotional distress, and physical pain.

Gathering Evidence

Solid evidence is an essential part of any wrongful death lawsuit. It helps to show exactly what happened, establishes causation and liability, and helps to prove that financial losses occurred because of the wrongful death in question. There is a wide range of evidence that can be used in a wrongful death case, and our experienced attorneys will try to obtain as much supporting evidence as possible to build a strong case. Some common types of evidence in wrongful death lawsuits include:

  • Death certificates – These help to establish the cause of death.
  • Medical records – These also help to establish the cause of death and may also speak to the amount of suffering experienced by the deceased prior to death.
  • Police reports – These are important because they tell a story of exactly what happened and who was present at the time of the incident or accident.
  • Pay stubs and tax documents – These are key because they will help to show the extent of economic damage suffered to family members following the wrongful death.
  • Photographs or videos – These can be incredibly impactful because they sometimes show what happened or can reveal the extent of injuries suffered.
  • Eyewitness testimony or expert testimony – These are important because they help establish what happened and can speak to the injuries of the deceased.

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San Antonio Wrongful Death Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long do I have to file a wrongful death claim?
The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in Texas is two years from the incident or accident that caused the death in question. When you are dealing with a catastrophic and tragic loss, the last thing you want to have to worry about are legal filing deadlines. We urge you to discuss your case with our qualified legal team as soon as possible. We can help ensure that you do not miss any important deadlines.
If my loved one’s death occurred at work, can their employer be sued?
Most employers in Texas have worker’s compensation, which provides them with some level of protection against wrongful death lawsuits. However, there are exceptions to this. For example, if the wrongful death was caused by an employer’s gross negligence, blatant oversight, or intentional act, a wrongful death claim may be filed. Our attorneys can help you sort through the details of your case and the complexities of the legal system.
How long does a wrongful death case take to resolve?
Wrongful death lawsuits can be lengthy affairs. On average, the entire process takes anywhere from one to four years. We understand that you want to see justice served so that you can begin the process of rebuilding your life as soon as possible. We are committed to making the process work as efficiently as possible while still ensuring that you get the compensation that you rightfully deserve.
How much can I expect to receive in compensation?
There is no standard compensation that we can predict you will receive because each wrongful death case is unique and has its own intricacies and set of circumstances to consider. The compensation you receive will be dependent on many things including economic losses (lost wages, lost inheritance, lost future earnings, etc.) and intangible losses related to your emotional relationship with the deceased (loss of companionship, affection, parental guidance, etc.)
Which family members can file a wrongful death claim?
In the state of Texas, only the spouse, parents or children of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim. This bars other close family members such as siblings or grandparents from filing wrongful death claims.

About Wrongful Death

Join us as we speak with Attorney at Law, Robert L. Woods, from Woods Law Firm P.C. In this interview we discuss details related to Wrongful Death litigation, how these cases are handled, and common questions potential clients may have during the process.

Robert L. Woods

Attorney at Law, Woods Law Firm P.C.

About Robert L. Woods

Attorney Robert L. Woods is a retired 21 year police executive. At the time of his retirement he held the rank of Lieutenant. Mr. Woods has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and is a member of the Criminal Justice Honor Society. Mr. Woods is also a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy, where he specialized in police management, practices, and policies. Mr. Woods advises police departments on police management and police procedures. He is the legal advisor for the Fort Bend County Pct. 2 Constables Office and is a leader in Criminal and Personal Injury Law.

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Firm: Woods Law Firm P.C.
Address: 2016 Main St.,
Houston, TX 78701
Phone: 1.800.391.0227
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