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Filing a wrongful death action following a fatal accident

The loss of a loved one is a challenging event to deal with. Whether they were young or old, losing a family member suddenly because of an accident is almost impossible to cope with. The negligence of another person could be the cause of an accident, and now the surviving family members are left to pick up the pieces.

Guiding you through a wrongful death action

One cannot imagine the pain of a lost loved one until it happens. Death is something challenging to cope with, but it is a part of life that everyone must accept and deal with at some point. However, some deaths occur because of negligence and recklessness. This can make an already hard situation more challenging, as they have many questions regarding what happened and why it happened. Nonetheless, loved ones should not that they have legal resources available to them when a negligent party suddenly took a family member's life from them.

Signs of nursing home abuse and neglect

Many Texans trust nursing homes to care for their loved ones. Once a nursing home is thoroughly vetted and a family decides to place an elderly loved one there, a sense of relief may descend. However, nursing homes carry a heavy responsibility, one that must be lived up to on a constant basis. When nursing homes and their employees fail to adhere to the applicable standard of care, even for a brief moment, serious harm and death can befall unsuspecting residents.

Loss of companionship in a wrongful death claim

When a person dies in a fatal accident, their surviving spouse loses a lot. They lose the income that the victim earned and may incur the costs of providing their loved one with a proper burial. But, San Antonio residents know that when a spouse dies, more is lost than just money. The love and support that they provided to their partner is more valuable than any financial payout.

What must be proven to prevail on a wrongful death claim?

When a person dies due to the negligence of another individual, then the victim's death may be considered wrongful. Although a party who has passed away cannot pursue their losses, many jurisdictions recognize wrongful death claims that the survivors of the decedent may use to seek compensation for the losses they endured due to their loved one's demise. Readers are reminded, though, that they must seek their own legal advice as this post provides general information only.

You have rights after a loved one's fatal workplace accident

Texans know what it means to work hard and to do a job right. Every day many residents leave their homes to go to their places of employment so that they may perform their job responsibilities and earn the wages they need to support the people they love. Most workers are able to do what is asked of them by their employers without putting themselves in harm's way. Others are subjected to workplace dangers that can put them at risk of injuries and death.

What factors can contribute to a fatal aviation accident?

Traveling by air is an efficient way to travel great distances in a relatively short amount of time. While some Texas residents may rarely board planes for their personal and business travel, others may use aviation every week to meet the expectations of their jobs. Airplanes are also very safe, but, when accidents happen with private and commercial aircrafts, the aftermath can be devastating.

What is the purpose of a wrongful death claim?

Usually when a person dies due to the actions or inactions of another a person may immediately think that the responsible party will be charged with a crime. This is because many San Antonio residents are familiar with the criminal laws on homicide and assault that directly deal with the physical harm a victim can sustain during an attacks or altercation. However, in some cases people die during accidents or other potentially non-criminal events and their family members are left reeling with emotional and financial stresses. When a person dies at the hand of another person, regardless of the matter was criminal in nature, their surviving relatives can often pursue wrongful death litigation for the recovery of their losses.

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