If you have lost someone due to wrongful death, you’re probably feeling devastated and angry. It is a horrific thing to have to go through and can turn your life upside down. Along with terrible grief, you may be bogged down by unexpected medical bills and funeral costs. It is particularly frustrating to have to deal with this if you lost someone due to another’s negligence. We are here to guide you through your wrongful death claim every step of the way. Austin wrongful death attorney Daniel Smith would be glad to set up a free consultation to go over your case with you. Please read and learn a bit about your case, then give us a call.
How to Win the Most Compensation
There are two forms of wrongful death compensatory damages. You firstly have your baseline wrongful death damages which you can collect for. This is a matter of math. We look at how much money your loved one provide the family, their earning capacity, and how much you will be set back by the loss of their financial contribution. Wrongful death also includes the cost of medical care before death and the funeral costs. The second type of damages you can collect for include pain and suffering that your loved one endured as well as the loss of consortium you have experienced.
Not Talking to the Insurance Company
The people who will try to blame your loved one for the accident include the liable party and the insurance company that represents them. The insurance company will reach out to you shortly after the accident and ask you to give them a recorded statement. It is in your best interest not to give them one. You should let an experienced Austin wrongful death attorney take over all communications. If you were to talk to them, they would be asking you all of these weighted questions that would give you no option but to answer unfavorably on behalf of your loved one. They will take advantage of the fact that you are probably still grieving and distraught and they will do whatever they can to reduce what they owe you or be able to throw away their case.
What to Do After the Accident
At the scene of the accident that killed your loved one, there are a few steps you might want to take to get evidence. You can talk to witnesses and get their contact information, get insurance information from the suspected liable party involved in your accident, and take photos of everything on the scene that seems relevant. You may also consider hiring an attorney right away who can step on the scene for you and collect the evidence.
How Long You Have to File a Claim
If you want to ensure that your case is going to have the best possible chance of success, you need to make sure that you get everything done on time. Texas law states that you need to have filed your claim or settled it in civil court within two years from the date of your wrongful death accident. That means if you wait two years and a day to try to file a claim, you will be barred from receiving compensation altogether. You’ll want to ask quick after you lose a loved one so that you don’t risk losing precious evidence and witness statements. The sooner you get an attorney, the better off you will be.
Call Our Austin Wrongful Death Attorney Today
If you want a strong, dedicated, and experienced Austin wrongful death attorney, please do not hesitate to call our office today to set up a free consultation. We will put your case a priority and make sure we do not give up until we have the best possible result for you. Call us today to get the ball rolling on your wrongful death claim.