Standing in the Gap for Those Who Have Unjustly Lost a Loved One.

If you are suffering the loss of a loved one because of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, let us first say how sorry we are for your loss. Losing a spouse or family member is never easy, no matter the circumstances. But when the death was unnecessary and preventable, it is so much more difficult to process.  We would be honored to help you and your family determine whether you may be entitled to receive compensation for this tragic event, and whether we can help you make sure this never happens to anyone else.  Our Katy wrongful death attorneys have more than 25 years of courtroom experience providing favorable outcomes for our clients who have lost someone unnecessarily because of negligence.

To schedule a complimentary case evaluation with one of our legal professionals, please contact the Katy wrongful death attorneys of Will Adams Law Firm at (800) 559-0593 today.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

The aftermath of a loved one’s unexpected death will undoubtedly be one of the most difficult times of your life. You should be grieving and focusing on your remaining family members, not putting yourself through the stress of a claim without the assistance of trained legal counsel. By hiring a lawyer, you take the burden of a lawsuit off your shoulders, while simultaneously giving your a better chance of recovering the compensation you need.

Wrongful death cases can be extremely difficult. Because wrongful death claims arise from so many different types of incidents, your trial lawyer will need to have an understanding both of wrongful death law, and of how to bring that specific type of personal injury claim. For wrongful death cases, your lawyer will collect and develop all available evidence to prove that the other party acted negligently, and that this negligence led to the death of your loved one. Negligence itself is a legal term that specifies that someone’s action (or lack thereof) went outside of what a reasonable person would have done in similar circumstances. We will also have to prove that the negligence directly led to your loved one's death (called "causation" under Texas law). As experienced trial lawyers, we understand what is needed to meet the burden of proof to prove fault in the case. We will also be able to effectively communicate your demands and wishes with a jury, the insurance companies and their lawyers, and whoever else may be involved.

An experienced wrongful death lawyer is most equipped to pursue compensation for you and your loved ones. This compensation comes as a result of a settlement through negotiations, or a verdict in a courtroom. It is possible that the at-fault party’s insurance company will offer you a settlement soon after the accident, but this first offer is unlikely to truly value your harms and losses.  We will evaluate any offers made to you to decide whether they are acceptable, negotiate with insurance until an acceptable offer is made, and take your claim to court when necessary to obtain full and complete compensation for your harms and losses. Statistical studies demonstrate what with a lawyer, you are far more likely to receive the full amount of compensation you deserve, all while giving yourself and your family the time you need to grieve.

Why Call Our Wrongful Death Lawyers?

Will Adams Law Firm is one of the leading law firms in Texas. Some of the qualities that set us apart include:

  • Top 10 Trucking Trial Lawyers in Texas – National Trial Lawyers
  • Top Motor Vehicle Injury Jury Verdict in Harris County for 2016 (7th largest in Texas)
  • 25+ years of award-winning representation
  • AV Preeminent® Rating for skill & ethical standards
  • Double Board Certified
  • AVVO Client Satisfaction Rating 10.0

Wrongful Death Cases We Handle

Wrongful death claims can be filed under a wide variety of circumstances. By definition, a wrongful death claim is only a claim that is filed if someone dies as a result of another’s negligence or intentional actions, so this will cover a large array of accidents and as well as violent crimes that result in someone’s death. Some of the most common wrongful death claims arise from incidents including:

  • Car Accidents: This includes accidents that are caused by another drivers’ negligent behavior, such as speeding, failing to yield, drunk driving and a host of other causes of fatal accidents. This may also be due to faulty equipment that resulted in a fatal accident.
  • Truck Accidents: Truck drivers and their companies are typically held to very high standards of driving, and rightfully so. Truckers who are behaving negligently, companies who do not maintain their vehicles and train their employees, and manufactures that make defective parts may all be involved in a wrongful death claim in a trucking accident.
  • Construction Accidents: Construction sites are filled with potential hazards: heavy machinery, sharp and potentially dangerous tools, the scaffolding that raises construction workers and contractors to high altitudes, etc. If the individuals operating and working on these sites are not careful, serious accidents can easily occur.
  • Medical Malpractice: A death due to medical malpractice can be grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. This could be from administering the wrong kind of dosage of a medication, failure to monitor patients’ vital signs, or making errors during surgery, among other causes.
  • Nursing Home Abuse: Nursing home residents may pass away as a result of abuse or neglect in a nursing home in a variety of ways, including malnutrition, dehydration, medication errors, physical abuse, allowing residents to fall, and more.
  • Product Liability: Manufacturers must produce safe products – when they fail to do so, you can hold them accountable. Examples of commonly defective products include car parts, household products, medical devices, power tools, and more.
  • Workplace Accidents: If a loved one was killed in a workplace accident, you may have the standing to file a wrongful death suit against the employer. This can include slip-and-fall accidents, accidents due to faulty equipment or a number of other types of workplace accidents that result in death. In this case, you will have to establish that the employer’s negligence was the cause of the accident.
  • Motorcycle Accidents: Often, motorists are not looking out for motorcycles. If a loved one has died in a motorcycle accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death suit against the driver that hit the motorcyclist.
  • Criminal Behavior: This can include robbery, homicide, and other violent crimes. Keep in mind that wrongful death lawsuits are not criminal cases but civil cases, so you will need to speak with an attorney more about your options if you have lost a loved one due to criminal behavior.

Though these are some of the most common causes of wrongful death, this list is not exhaustive. If your loved one passed away as a result of someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or malicious actions, you should contact Will Adams Law Firm for help.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Case?

In the state of Texas, only certain people may file a wrongful death case after an accident. You may pursue financial compensation if your relation to the deceased was as:

  • A spouse (including a common law spouse)
  • Biological and adopted children (including adult children)
  • Parents
  • The executor of the will (to bring claims on behalf of the estate for conscious pain and suffering the deceased experienced as well as expenses the estate incurred.)

It should be noted that you may not file a claim for the wrongful death of one of your siblings. Step children and divorced spouses have no claims.

Types of Compensation

Compensation that you can recover through a wrongful death claim will vary depending on the details of your case. Some common types of compensation available include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical expenses resulting from the incident incurred before death
  • Loss of support through the presumed retirement age
  • Loss of a spouse’s services and companionship
  • For children, compensation can include support and companionship
  • Your loved one's pain and suffering experienced before death (this claim belongs to the deceased's estate)

While we can never guarantee compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit, a dedicated Katy area wrongful death lawyer can go a long way towards helping you understand your legal options, the types of compensation available, and who can file a suit. The wrongful death lawyers of Will Adams Law Firm are here to help you understand these in greater depth.

Will Adams Law Firm is here for you

After a death has occurred, many family members do not know where to turn or who to trust.  We know that the grief you are feeling can be crippling, and we want to be the ones who help you find your voice. We handle each case personally and strive to pursue the proper course of legal action with both aggression and precision. Do not spend another minute grieving in silence – contact Will Adams Law Firm today and speak with a dedicated and understanding Katy personal injury lawyer now. We proudly offer complimentary case evaluations to all potential personal injury clients – schedule yours today.

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