San Antonio Wrongful Death Attorneys
Justice For Fatal Accident Victims
When someone has been killed due to another person’s negligence, they lose their ability to take legal action. Through a wrongful death claim, however, surviving family members have the right to pursue legal recourse on behalf of the deceased. Under the Texas Wrongful Death Act, Sec. 71.004 of the law permits “statutory beneficiaries” (the deceased person’s parents, spouse, or children) to file a wrongful death claim against the liable party.
At the Wyatt Law Firm, our wrongful death lawyers completely understand the grief, sorrow, and inconsolable heartache you must be experiencing at this time. Though taking legal action may be the last thing on your mind, filing a wrongful death claim may be one of the most helpful steps that you take during the process of grieving. If compensable, a wrongful death claim can help provide your family with the financial support you need after unexpectedly losing a loved one.
Wrongful death claims may cover:
- Medical bills and hospital expenses
- Any treatment-related costs accrued immediately after the accident and prior to death
- Emergency medical treatment, including ambulance transportation, traumatic care, and emergency room expenses
- Financial losses, including the deceased person’s loss of wages, the future earning potential that he or she would have provided to the family, or potential inheritance benefits
- Pain and suffering on behalf of the surviving family members
- Loss of companionship and / or consortium
- Funeral and burial costs
We believe that no paycheck, settlement, or financial offer will ever be large enough to compensate for the life and love that your family member brought to the world. This is why we emphasize the pursuit of justice. Your family deserves answers. As fervent watchdogs of the law, we refuse to let someone else’s intentional wrongdoing impact your lives – and we see to it that justice is done.
We are here to listen to your family’s story. Call our law firm today to speak with us confidentially.
“This is not a job. This is who I am”
– Attorney Paula Wyatt
At Wyatt Law Firm, advocating on behalf of our clients is much more than a job or a duty. It is our goal to protect the rights and interests of our clients. Justice is never won by sitting back and doing nothing. We extend ourselves proactively by making every effort to secure the best possible outcome for our clients. This is our proven approach, and as a boutique law firm devoted to providing personal client counsel, we would not have it any other way.
We are a legal team comprised of committed, experienced, and qualified legal professionals who live and breathe by upholding the law. We have devoted our practice to achieving justice by demanding punishment for individuals, entities, or corporations that have committed intentional wrongdoing. If you wish to work with a firm that will stand steadfastly at your side every step of the way, you should choose Wyatt Law Firm.
We aggressively seek results for people throughout Texas and the nation, including the cities of San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Laredo and Corpus Christi.
Types Of Wrongful Death Cases
It is hard to lose any loved one, regardless of how it happens. But what makes wrongful death cases so much more devastating is the fact that they potentially could have been prevented had someone been less careless.
In Texas, an estimated 1,250 people die from auto accidents and another 536 people die in construction accidents each year, many of which were preventable
In Texas, a parent, spouse, or child has limited time to file a wrongful death claim after the death of their loved one. At Wyatt Law Firm, our compassionate and empathetic wrongful death attorneys want to hear your case. We can help review your case for free and inform you of your legal rights.
We represent families throughout Texas and the nation, including the cities of San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Laredo and Corpus Christi.
In order to better understand your situation and where it lies in the legal realm, we have listed some of the most common wrongful death cases that occur in Texas.
Auto accidents can occur from a variety of factors such as driving while distracted, driving while intoxicated, driving recklessly and texting while driving. If an accident caused by one of these factors results in a wrongful death, the person who caused the accident could be held responsible. If your loved one has been wrongfully killed in an auto accident, contact our personal injury attorneys for a free case review.
Texas has one of the highest workplace-related fatality rates in the nation. On average, around 493 individuals die each year due to construction accidents. From scaffolding falls and struck-by accidents to malfunctioning equipment, construction work is dangerous. It is the responsibility of the employers to provide safe working conditions. If a fatality occurred due to dangerous working conditions, you can have grounds to file a wrongful death suit.
When purchasing a product, users expect good quality that will not injure them. Whether it is a blender or a car, manufacturers have the responsibility of providing safe, usable products. One of the leading causes of wrongful deaths is faulty products. For example, cars should have airbags that work at the right time. If this function does not work, it puts lives in danger. If you or a loved one experienced fatal consequences when using a product, contact our experienced product liability lawyers.
Much like auto accidents, trucking accidents are another leading cause of death in Texas. Truck drivers in particular have a responsibility to drive carefully because they are handling such large vehicles with potentially hazardous material. If they don’t pay attention or are fatigued, the drivers can cause big rig accidents, which can be fatal. Deaths that occur in such accidents could warrant wrongful death claims.
Contact Wyatt Law Firm For A Free Consultation
Our clients come to our law firm at a crucial yet uncertain time in their lives. We understand the sensitive and incredibly emotional nature of these types of personal injury claims and we are careful to consider the privacy that your family needs during this time of grief. Our offices naturally foster an environment of mutual trust.
We want to hear your story. If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligent or careless behavior, we are ready to take appropriate legal action. Our entire legal team is instilled with the characteristics and values that have made Ms. Paula Wyatt so accomplished in her field.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wrongful Death Cases
Losing a loved one to someone else’s carelessness can be jarring and fill you with grief. It is hard to think clearly about legal matters when you are trying to come to terms with such a significant loss. However, there are legal actions you can take to uphold the rights of the deceased. Claims of wrongful death can help you obtain retribution for the loss of your loved one. At Wyatt Law Firm, we believe that you should be well informed about wrongful death cases and what to expect if you choose to pursue it.
We seek maximum compensation for people throughout Texas and the nation, including the cities of San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Laredo and Corpus Christi.
What Is A Wrongful Death Claim And What Does It Entail?
If someone dies because of negligence, carelessness or fault due to another person, their loved ones can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Companies, businesses, or individuals can all be at fault if they are the cause of death for a certain individual. Wrongful death lawsuits seek reparation for the suffering loved ones of the deceased.
Who Can File A Claim In A Wrongful Death Case?
Generally in Texas, the spouse, children, or parents of the deceased are allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit. However, if they do not do so within three months after the day the loved one died, the deceased’s estate executor can step in to file a claim. Adopted children may also file a claim. Siblings of the deceased, however, cannot file on behalf of their loved ones.
How Long Do I Have To File A Claim?
In Texas, families have three months after a loved one’s death, to file for a wrongful death claim. They then have a two year statute of limitation for the case.
Who Can Be Sued?
There are a number of people who can be sued in a wrongful death claim. In general, it is the person whose alleged negligence caused the death to occur. This can range from a drunk driver to an employer that did not provide a safe working environment. Speak to one of our San Antonio wrongful death attorneys to decide who is at fault in your case.
What Are The Different Types Of Damages In A Wrongful Death Suit?
There are three primary damages involved in wrongful death cases. They are economic, non-economic, and punitive damages.
Economic damages: These damages are for the financial contribution the deceased made to the family and what is lost with their death. This includes aspects such as loss of earning power, loss of benefits, and medical and funeral expenses.
Non-economic damages: These damages reflect the pain and suffering a family or loved one goes through because of their loved one’s passing. Non-economic damages can help ease the emotional grief and loss of guidance/companionship of a loved one.
Punitive damages: If the defendant has committed a particularly heinous act that resulted in a wrongful death, they can face punitive damages. These damages are there to punish the defendant’s actions.
If you have Lost A Loved One To Negligence, We Will Fight For Justice
At Wyatt Law Firm, we understand how devastating losing a loved one can be. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys can help you understand your legal rights. We work with our clients to make sure their loved ones receive the justice they deserve.
Contact Wyatt Law Firm today for a free consultation.
We accept all personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis, which means you will not have to worry about any out-of pocket-expenses until we win a substantial recovery on your behalf. Additionally, we offer risk-free, complimentary case consultations. We want this time to be as simple, straightforward, and stress-free as possible.
Learn how we can help you and your family. Contact our San Antonio wrongful death attorneys immediately.
Wyatt Law Firm, PLLC
21 Lynn Batts Lane, Suite 10
San Antonio, Texas 78218