Fortunately, most accidents result in only minor injuries. Tragically, however, some accidents result in death. The family members and loved ones left behind have a void in their lives that can never be filled. In addition, they may also be facing severe financial hardship as a result of the accident. If you have lost a loved one in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. A wrongful death lawyer from Lopez Franco can evaluate your case and help you find the way forward. 

Not Everyone Can Pursue a Wrongful Death Claim

Unfortunately, Texas does not allow friends or extended family members to pursue wrongful death claims. Instead, wrongful death claims are limited to the following people: 

  • The surviving spouse of the deceased
  • The children of the deceased
  • The parents of the deceased

However, the estate of the deceased can pursue a wrongful death claim if one of the people listed above does not pursue their claim within three months of the date of the decedent’s death. As a result, it is imperative that you contact a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. 

Wrongful Death Cases Are Complex

If you have lost a loved one in an accident, the first thing you will need to do is prove that someone else’s negligence caused the accident. This means that you will need to identify the cause of the accident, prove the other person’s negligence, and prove that their negligence caused it. This will require a thorough investigation of the accident and meticulously gathering the evidence you will need to prove your case. This is very difficult for non-lawyers to accomplish, but it can be extremely challenging if you are suddenly facing the loss of a partner and their emotional and financial support. A wrongful death lawyer can handle this aspect of your claim while you mourn. 

A Wrongful Death Lawyer Can Help You Get the Compensation Your Family Needs

In addition to proving liability, you will also need to prove how your loved one’s death has harmed you. You may be entitled to compensation for the following:

  • The lost income you would have benefitted from, including future earnings and benefits 
  • Loss of companionship and support
  • Any medical expenses incurred prior to your loved one’s death
  • Funeral and burial expenses

You have suffered a loss that cannot be replaced, but the compensation you receive can help you and your family face the future. A wrongful death lawyer can review your case and provide an estimate of what may be fair compensation for your claim. 

Speak with a Wrongful Death Lawyer at Lopez Franco Today

At Lopez Franco, we help families get back on their feet after suffering a tragedy. If you have lost a loved one, we can help you get the compensation you need to protect your future. To schedule a free consultation, contact us online to discuss your case and your options.