Survivial And Wrongful Death
Loss is a complex feeling. Losing someone you love evokes feelings of sorrow, anger and denial. Sometimes it causes depression and mental anguish. It causes you to question everything you know and have been taught about life. A parent outliving their child is a heart-wrenching experience that only a parent who has lost a child can understand. Sleeping alone in your bed at night without the warmth of your spouse or partner lying next to you, comforting you and protecting you, is a devastating feeling. A mother and father being taken away from a child too soon, leaving the child alone without guidance and guardianship, can scar a child for the rest of their life. To think that any of these deaths could have been avoided, prevented if someone would have just taken a taxicab home, or repaired their property, or paid attention to the road rather than the screen of their cell phone, is distressing and at the same time, infuriating.
What is a Wrongful Death?
A fatal car accident, motorcycle accident, pedestrian accident, bicycle accident or accident that occurs on someone else’s property can be considered wrongful death. Wrongful death claims involve the death of someone you love or a family member, such as a spouse, child, sibling or parent, as a result of someone else’s negligence and recklessness. Unfortunately, these types of deaths occur every day, and it very likely that you yourself has experienced the loss of a loved one. No one deserves to have their life taken before their time, as we like to say. Yet, some things are out of our hands.
It’s a parent’s worst nightmare for a police officer to approach their home in the middle of the night, bearing news that will bring them to their knees. If a drunk driver crashes into your teenager’s vehicle, and your child dies, you may have a wrongful death claim.
As children, our parents take care of us when we are sick. They feed us. They give us shelter, and it’s our duty to do the same for them as they age. If your parent is living in a nursing home, and slips and falls on a wet surface, and is fatally injured, you may have a wrongful death claim.
You’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. You’ve settled down and have a family, a nice home. But that life you’ve built with your spouse or partner can change in an instant. If your husband is killed while riding his motorcycle because someone was texting and driving and lost control of their car, running your husband off the road, you may have a wrongful death claim. If your wife is cycling through the neighborhood during her evening exercise routine and is hit by a driver who was talking on the phone, you may have a wrongful death claim.
All of these scenarios are tragic, catastrophic, and no one should have to experience that amount of suffering. Under Texas law, a family may be entitled to compensation in a wrongful death claim, such as funeral expenses, mental anguish and the cost of counseling, loss of income or loss of inheritance, for instance. But those are just monetary. If someone you love, an innocent person, has been taken away from because of someone else’s selfish, careless and dangerous actions, you deserve justice.
Compensation for a Wrongful Death
While money cannot bring you closure, it can help ease the financial pain and strain of a death. The average cost of a funeral is more than $6,500, according to the National Funeral Director’s Association. The cost of a funeral and burial is expensive, and those high costs just add to the anxiety and despair you are feeling after saying your final goodbyes to your loved one.But what about after you have laid your loved one to rest? Can you move on with your life just like that go back to work, continue with your daily activities, pay the bills? In most cases, you can’t for quite some time. Some people never fully recover and regain their lives.
When a wrongful death claim is filed against someone, it is basically stating that an individual is being held responsible for another person’s loss of life. Wrongful death claims are sensitive matters, and there are many factors that go into these multifaceted cases. A professional personal injury attorney best handles these types of cases. Amy K. VanDeLoo is not only an experienced, licensed personal injury attorney, but she is also caringand empathetic toward her clients. She is patient and is willing to do what it takes to get you the compensation you deserve. Serving the Plano, Frisco, Allen and McKinney areassince establishing the VanDeLoo Firm, Ms. VanDeLoo is the wrongful death lawyer to call when you have a claim. Even if you just have a single question, the VanDeLoo Firm will take the time to honestly discuss your question and address your concerns, free of charge. Don’t hesitate to call. The VanDeLoo Firm is here for you.
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