Coping with a Wrongful Death Claim

Losing a family member is a heart-wrenching experience—an experience made more painful if someone else’s negligent actions caused your loved one’s death. As you begin to pick up the pieces, here are a few points to keep in mind.

Allow yourself to grieve

An unexpected death can stir up a lot of emotions, such as confusion, anger, sadness and fear. Be sure to give yourself time to fully process these feelings in a healthy way. This may include:

  • Speaking with your pastor or rabbi
  • Joining a support group
  • Spending time with friends

Grief is different for everyone, and you may prefer to deal with yours privately. There are many self-help books that may also provide comfort and guidance to you.

Hire a lawyer

While the last thing you may feel like doing is finding a lawyer, remember that there is a time limit for filing a wrongful death claim. In Texas, you typically have two years from when the person died. Hiring a lawyer as soon as possible ensures that you can focus on the well-being of your family while a lawyer:

  • Helps determine the legitimacy of your wrongful death claim
  • Makes sure deadlines and statutes of limitations are met
  • Navigates complex legal issues relating to insurance, probate and estate law

Know your rights

Nothing could ever put a price tag on your loved one’s life, but you have a right to financial compensation that may help you move forward. As a survivor, you may be able to collect damages for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of income

If you have lost a loved one due to an accident, medical malpractice or other personal injury, help bring the responsible party to justice by contacting a San Antonio wrongful death attorney.

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