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Odessa Wrongful Death Lawyer

The Wrongful Death Attorneys at Carabin Shaw Will Help You Take the Next Steps in Life

When a loved one dies unexpectedly in an accident, it can leave surviving family members feeling devastated. It is difficult enough to deal with the tremendous grief of losing someone dear to you, but that can be made all the more difficult if they were the household's primary wage earner.

In cases such as this, the family's financial future can seem very uncertain, further adding to the emotional grief they have to endure. While it may at times feel impossible to move forward after the sudden loss of a loved one, taking that first step to securing your financial future is important and should not be delayed.

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of others, a wrongful death lawsuit may be the way forward. We know that legal action won't bring back your loved one, but the law can provide you with the compensation you deserve so you can focus on dealing with your loss without worrying about your financial situation. Sometimes, a wrongful death lawsuit is the only real justice you can get.

Carabin Shaw has handled many wrongful death cases over the more then 30 years we have helped Texans, and we understand that you need time to grieve without having to worry about others, including insurance companies, trying to settle your claim as quickly as possible. We can help to ease the financial burden and get your back on your feet by bringing those responsible to justice.

To speak to a wrongful death lawyer and find out how we can help you with your case, call us at 800-862-1260 for a free consultation. You can also fill out our online form, and a personal injury lawyer will contact you within 24 hours.

Our Odessa Wrongful Death Attorneys Pursue Fair Compensation for All Victims

Clients often asked themselves; what makes a death a wrongful death? It's not always easy to understand under what circumstances you can file a lawsuit, but it's important that you know your rights, so you don't lose out on the compensation you deserve. Every state has its own laws, so you will need to familiarize yourself with the laws here in Texas.

When someone is fatally injured through the negligent actions or reckless behavior of another person, then the victim's family members have a claim for wrongful death. In some instances, a personal injury claim becomes a wrongful death claim when the individual passes away due to their injuries.

Wrongful death cases can arise due to a variety of situations, including:

  • Workplace injuries
  • Construction accidents
  • Defective products
  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • Truck accidents
  • Dog bites injuries
  • Criminal acts

The best way to be sure of your legal rights is to discuss your situation with a skilled lawyer who has experience of dealing with wrongful death cases. The specific causes can vary substantially, so the safest bet is to contact a reputable law firm as soon as you believe you may have a case. Wrongful death cases can be difficult and complex, but our personal injury attorneys have a wealth of knowledge from years of experience handling a wide range of wrongful death lawsuits and settlements.

It may be difficult, but you should not delay calling a lawyer. Texas law sets out a statute of limitations for wrongful death claims and you don't want to lose the right to seek justice following such a tragedy. It takes time to gather the necessary evidence and perform the extensive investigations required to ensure you have the strongest possible claim, so be sure to give your attorney the time they need.

What Damages Are Available?

We know that holding the negligent party accountable for their actions won't help ease the pain, but it can serve to alleviate the stress of the sudden unexpected expenses that can accompany the death of a loved one.

Some of the more common damages we seek to recover include:

  • Loss of earnings and financial support
  • Loss of maintenance, care, advice, support, services, and counsel of the decedent
  • Loss of companionship and love
  • Emotional and mental anguish, pain, and suffering
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Medical bills incurred before the death of a loved one
  • Cost of funeral and related expenses

The value of claims vary, but you will often find that surviving family members can seek substantial compensation for all the losses they have sustained in the case of a wrongful death lawsuit. Our lawyers will first want to ascertain what varieties of compensation you and other family members qualify for. This will require a thorough investigation of the details, but we are not afraid of the hard work this entails if it means getting you the compensation you are entitled to.

Who can file a wrongful death claim?

In Texas, the laws are very specific when it comes to who can file a claim for wrongful death. Only certain people may pursue a claim, with others considered too far removed from the deceased person to have legal standing.

Under the Wrongful Death Act, only three categories of individuals can file a claim:

  • Surviving spouse
  • Surviving parents, including adoptive parents
  • Surviving children, including adult children and adoptive children

We know that dealing with the death of a loved one is always difficult, and it can be made all the more difficult in the case of negligence or misconduct. Allow us to handle the legal aspect of the case, so you and your family can focus on moving forward.

Our Law Firm Also Handles Personal Injury Claims

Sometimes, you need to pursue a personal injury claim along with a wrongful death claim. In these instances, a personal injury victim may have lost a loved one in the same accident. For instance, this could occur if a family traveling in the same vehicle is injured by a drunk driver in a car accident.

Here, a wrongful death lawsuit would need to be pursued by the victim's estate, and a personal injury lawsuit would need to be sought by the surviving injured victim. If you have any questions or concerns about a personal injury or wrongful death claim, contact us, and we can arrange a free consultation to help you better understand your situation.

We Won't Allow the Big Insurance Companies to Take Advantage of You

Coping with death is difficult under any circumstances, the last thing you need is to deal with an unsympathetic insurance company that is only concerned about their bottom line. It can add further emotional strain to an already tough situation, especially if they refuse to treat you fairly.

Remember, insurance companies run like any other business, so their primary concern is making money. Don't allow them to rush you into accepting a low-ball offer during this sensitive time in your life. It is your right to seek full compensation when another party has been negligent.

Contact our law offices, and we can help you determine what constitutes "fair" compensation in your case. It is our job to help ensure you get the settlement you're entitled to; we don't want you to fall victim to an insurance company's decision that is only focused on bolstering their income at your expense.

Speak to One of Our Odessa Wrongful Death Lawyers Today

If you believe you may have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, call us at 800-862-1260 to arrange a free consultation. Alternatively, use our online form, and one of our experienced personal injury attorneys will get back in touch with 24 hours.

While we understand that it this is an extremely difficult time, waiting too long to pursue compensation could severely impair your legal case. Our lawyers will help guide you through this process with sympathy, compassion, and strength, and do everything possible to recover as much as we can for your claim.

Visits with the Attorney are by appointment only. Main office San Antonio, Texas.

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