Compassionate And Experienced Wrongful Death Representation
Few experiences in life are as devastating as the untimely and preventable death of someone you love. If your loved one was taken from you by the negligent or intentional acts of another person, business or organization, you deserve to hold the at-fault party accountable, legally and financially, for the harms that your family has suffered. Money cannot bring your loved one back, but compensation is nonetheless appropriate and necessary.
At Joseph Monahan Attorney, PLLC, our lawyer is honored to represent clients in wrongful death litigation in Laredo and throughout South Texas. Attorney Joseph Monahan has more than 25 years of legal experience and offers grieving families the personalized attention, effective legal advocacy and respect that they deserve during this difficult time. He can help you, too.
The Basics Of Wrongful Death Litigation
The easiest way to think of a wrongful death claim is as an extreme form of a personal injury. If someone is injured by the negligence or wrongful acts of another person, they can pursue a personal injury claim. When such acts result in the victim’s death, a representative must bring a claim on their behalf.
Many wrongful death lawsuits stem from the same circumstances commonly alleged in personal injury claims, including:
- Car accidents (drunk driving, distracted driving, etc.)
- Commercial vehicle 18-wheeler accidents
- Pedestrian and bicyclist accidents
- Slip-and-falls and other injuries on dangerous private property
- Medical malpractice
- Dangerous and defective products
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Intentional assaults and other violent crimes
Each state sets its own laws on who can serve as a plaintiff in a personal injury suit. In Texas, family members of the victim – surviving spouses, children and parents – have legal standing to sue. The executor (or personal administrator) of the estate can also bring a claim at the request of the family or if family members do not file within a certain time period. The ultimate statute of limitations on all wrongful death claims is two years.
Our Attorney Will Seek Maximum Compensation For Your Losses
Compensation is important to help cover immediate costs like funeral and burial expenses, but that is just the beginning. Attorney Monahan will work closely with you to calculate the full monetary losses associated with your loved one’s death, which can be substantial – particularly if the victim was a family wage earner. He will help you seek full and fair compensation for damages that include:
- Lost lifetime earnings and lost inheritance
- Loss of care, support, services and advice that the victim would have provided
- Loss of love and companionship
- Pain and suffering experienced by the victim leading up to their death
- Medical bills up to the date of death
- Anguish and mental pain suffered by surviving family members
In particularly egregious cases in which the at-fault party committed a willful act or displayed gross negligence, punitive damages may also be available.
Tell Our Lawyer Your Story During A Free Initial Consultation
To learn more about how our firm can help you, contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with an attorney who listens and cares. Just call our Laredo office at 956-594-6203 or reach out online.