The Basics of Wrongful Death Compensation
In a case where survivors are filing a wrongful death action against a doctor or healthcare facility accused of medical negligence, the exact workings can be somewhat confusing if you haven't had experience with these claims before. A wrongful death lawyer can explain the specifics to you but here are the basics.
Pain and Suffering/Mental Anguish
These items are sometimes added to the sum sought in a lawsuit. This is designed to provide compensation for the emotional pain that the family or other survivors have been put through. In cases where medical negligence is at issue, there are many ways that malpractice can result in death. When families are put through this, their attorneys can sometimes get compensation for them.
There are situations where the person who dies unexpectedly and due to negligence is the chief breadwinner for the entire family. In such cases, the family could end up being completely destitute because of the loss of this person. This makes it even more imperative to contact an attorney to discuss whether or not filing a lawsuit is a viable option. In some cases, it very well may be and you could find yourself with a successful legal action that brings needed compensation.
The entire family may end up carrying the burden in terms of medical expenses. If this is the case, the financial devastation could be significant. If you're facing down huge medical bills and have lost the person in your family who could have helped on top of it, contact an attorney.
Filing These Lawsuits
The laws in Texas regarding lawsuits are very strict. If you wait too long, you may find that your chance passes you by and that you end up having to shoulder all these burdens yourself. To avoid this, contact a lawyer right away.
Don’t be afraid to contact a lawyer, even if you haven't any money. The attorney may work with you on contingency. This means that you don't pay unless you win.
Attorneys that handle these cases will fight very hard for you. There's no reason that your family should suffer any more than they already have due to an episode of negligence—medical or otherwise—that caused a death. If you're in this situation, contact a lawyer as soon as you can. They'll generally offer you a chance to come in for a free, no-obligation consultation about the matter.
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