Laredo Who Has the Legal Right to Represent the Deceased
There are strict guidelines that determine in Laredo who has the legal right to represent the deceased following an untimely and unfortunate death. In a typical case, a claim or lawsuit for wrongful death belongs to the spouse, children, or parents of the deceased. To have a right to bring a Laredo wrongful death claim requesting compensation for damages incurred as a result of your loved one’s death, a plaintiff and their attorney have to prove the following two points: first, that the defendant’s wrongful act caused the deceased person’s death, and second, that the wrongful death plaintiff is a statutory beneficiary, as identified under the Texas statute, of the person who was killed.
In Laredo, statutory beneficiaries can include lawful spouses and common-law partners, biological as well as adopted children, and biological or adoptive parents who are still married or divorced. Step-parents, foster parents, and grandparents, however, can not be recognized as statutory beneficiaries, due to the rules that govern in Laredo who has the legal right to represent the deceased. They can, of course, still receive compensation from the loss of a loved one’s wrongful death. But according to the Texas statute as it functions in Laredo, they are ineligible to file the wrongful death claim that might lead to such compensation.
Factors that courts in Laredo consider when determining the amount of compensation a statutory beneficiary may receive can include:
- The amount of money earned by the deceased while they were living
- Loss of companionship
- The degree to which survivors were financially dependent on the deceased
- Expenses incurred by survivors for medical and funeral costs
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At Carabin & Shaw, every client matters and every case matters. Our Laredo accidental death lawyers may be able to help you collect compensation beyond that which is provided through insurance claims. Insurance companies operate on averages—how much the average customer pays them per month year after year versus the cost of paying you enough to make the problem go away. Our focus is on you—the person who is in suffering and who needs assistance to recover from one of the greatest losses any human being will ever experience. In other words, our bottom line is your complete recovery from this tragedy. The lawyers at Carabin & Shaw can provide you peace of mind and the results you need. We focus our attention on each and every case we take on and it is our mission to advocate for your rights until we obtain results for you, your family, or your business. Contact us, day or night, at 956-333-3333.