A Compassionate College Station Wrongful Death Lawyer
Our law firm will fight for your family when it matters most
Losing a loved one in an accident is never easy. The flood of emotions can be overwhelming – hurt, loss, frustration, confusion, anger. The last thing you need right now is to deal with the legal fallout of the death. The College Station wrongful death attorneys at Chad Jones Law, P.C. are here for you.
Understanding wrongful death claims in College Station
A wrongful death claim is a civil lawsuit brought on behalf of a deceased person against the person or entity responsible for the death. This is distinct from any criminal charges that may be brought by the State of Texas in connection with the same death. For example, if a loved one was killed in a car accident and the at-fault driver is facing criminal charges for vehicular homicide, you can also file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver and any other responsible parties.
In Texas, the surviving spouse, parents and children of the deceased person can bring a wrongful death lawsuit. If three months have elapsed since the death, the personal representative (executor) of the estate can also file a claim. In either case, you can recover damages for all of the following losses:
- Medical expenses for the final injury or illness
- Pain and suffering experienced by your loved one before he or she passed away
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost wages and lost future income that your loved one would have earned
- Emotional distress suffered by surviving family members
- Other losses related to the fatal accident, such as property damage
No lawsuit can bring your loved one back, but the damages recovered in a wrongful death claim can make it easier to move forward. For example, if the person who passed away was the primary “breadwinner” for the family, a wrongful death claim can replace that lost income and maintain the family’s standard of living. Or if the person who died was the primary caretaker for the children, money recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit can allow the surviving parent to stay home with the children.
In addition, a wrongful death lawsuit provides a meaningful degree of closure by holding someone responsible for your loved one’s death. It also sends a strong message and helps to prevent other families from suffering the same loss.
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We would be honored to meet with you at our College Station office for a completely confidential consultation. Whether you ultimately decide to take legal action or not is up to you – we just want to help you understand your options. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.