After your loved one suffers a fatal accident, you may have concerns about how the death occurred. You may feel like your loved one was the victim of someone else’s negligence. If so, you have the right to seek help from our Denton wrongful death lawyer in an effort to seek a financial judgment against the negligent party.
We understand that choosing to file a wrongful death case is not an easy decision. You may feel uneasy about having to relive your loved one’s death through the process of filing a claim. Trust that the team at Underwood Law Office will do everything we can to make the process go as smoothly and respectfully as possible.
How Much Could My Wrongful Death Claim Be Worth?
Although our wrongful death case attorney in Denton, Texas, will never guarantee that you will win a certain amount in your claim, we can provide an estimate of what your case may be worth. After we study the facts in your case, we can have a better idea about the strength of the case and any potential award.
Some wrongful death claims may involve as much as seven- or eight-figure settlements. Cases with five- or six-figure awards are possible too. It simply depends on the circumstances in the case, such as:
- Medical bills incurred before your loved one passed
- Years of wage earning your loved one would have had
- Whether your loved one suffered before passing
- Any funeral or burial costs
- A judgment for your loss of companionship
- Any other economic and non-economic losses for you related to the fatal accident
For a free legal consultation with a wrongful death lawyer serving Denton, call (972) 535-6377
Understanding Whether You Have a Wrongful Death Case
The team at Underwood Law Office will meet with you in a free consultation to discuss your potential wrongful death case. After learning about the facts surrounding the fatal accident, trust that we will give you an honest assessment of the chances of winning a judgment.
Our Denton wrongful death attorneys will use their experience in past wrongful death lawsuits to attempt to determine the potential for a successful outcome in your case. We will give you advice on how we believe you should proceed, but the final decision will rest with you.
Proving Negligence From Another Party
The key to being able to file a wrongful death claim involves determining whether another party’s negligent actions led to your loved one’s fatality. This means we need to be able to prove that your loved one’s death was preventable if only the negligent party had taken a different course of action.
Another way to think about this type of case is that if your loved one had survived, would your loved one have had the ability to bring a personal injury lawsuit in Denton against the negligent party? If so, a wrongful death claim is also possible, because the facts involved in winning either type of case are similar.
Common Reasons for a Wrongful Death Claim
Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 71 spells out some of the actions from a negligent party that could result in a wrongful death claim for the victim, including:
- Taking wrongful actions
- Lack of skill or fitness to perform an action
- Creating unsafe conditions
These actions could lead to fatal accidents from things such as forcing an employee to use unsafe machinery, failing to fix a broken safety railing, or violating traffic rules before a crash.
Common Types of Wrongful Death Cases
Because of some common forms of negligent or reckless behavior, there are a few common kinds of wrongful death cases we have experience with, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Medical malpractice
- Drug injuries
- Work injuries
If you suspect that your loved one passed away because of someone else’s actions or inactions, you may still be eligible to file. During your consultation, we can discuss the circumstances of your loved one’s passing, our experience working similar cases, and what you can expect when working with us.
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We Understand the Emotions Involved in a Wrongful Death Claim
When clients contact us about a wrongful death lawsuit, they sometimes are unsure about starting the process. The emotion involved with having to study and hear about the circumstances surrounding a loved one’s death can be unsettling. Some people may have a feeling of guilt for trying to receive a payment related to the death of a loved one.
The team at the Underwood Law Office sympathizes with these feelings. We know that thinking about filing a wrongful death claim while you are still grieving over the loss of your loved one can seem very difficult.
We Will Always Respect Your Loved One’s Memory
We always treat our clients with the utmost respect. We know how hard it can be to go through something like this.
Trust that we will handle the day-to-day work of handling the wrongful death claim. By letting us take on these aspects of the case for you, it allows you to focus on your family and on your grieving process.
Your Loved One Would Not Want You to Suffer Financially
Part of the benefit of bringing a wrongful death claim is that your family could recover a financial award that can help you maintain your quality of life. Your loved one would not want the death to leave you and your family unable to achieve the dreams of home ownership or of a college education that you had before the fatal accident.
This financial judgment related to the wrongful death of your loved one can help with these items. You and your family should not have to suffer financially because another party behaved in a negligent manner and caused a fatal accident.
We Will Seek a Fair Settlement for You
Understand that many wrongful death cases settle without ever having to go to trial. The insurance company may want to avoid the expense of a trial when it is clear that we are going to win the settlement. Through negotiations, we can try to secure a specific financial award for you.
Should the insurer refuse to treat you fairly, we will be ready to represent your family at a trial. We do not back down when insurance companies try to bully us into accepting a reduced settlement by threatening to take the case to trial.
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We Are Ready to Begin Working on Your Behalf Immediately
Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003 gives families up to two years to begin the process of filing a wrongful death claim. When you contact our Denton wrongful death lawyers, you can be confident we will make sure your case meets all deadlines per the Texas wrongful death statute.
Call Underwood Law Office for a no-obligation, free consultation as soon as possible, or fill out our contact form.