At Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, P.C., we understand how painful and overwhelming a loved one’s death can be for the surviving family members. Our legal team is here to help you hold the responsible party accountable.
Our wrongful death lawyers at Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, P.C., have over 43 years of combined legal experience handling wrongful death cases. Since our law firm was founded in 2010, we have recovered tens of thousands of dollars in jury verdicts and settlement awards. In fact, our case results have a 99% record of success.
If you lost a loved one due to another party’s negligence, please reach out to our legal team. We offer a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. Call today to schedule your free appointment.
How Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, P.C. Can Help You After a Family Member Dies in an Accident
We understand that you are still grieving the loss of your family member. Our legal team will do everything possible to alleviate your stress and anxiety. With over four decades of experience, our award-winning, nationally recognized lawyers can handle all legal matters that come up in your case.
At Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, P.C., we recognize that money cannot reimburse you for the loss of a loved one. However, the money you might receive from a wrongful death claim can provide for you and your family’s financial needs.
Filing a wrongful death lawsuit exposes the parties whose negligence and wrongful acts resulted in the death of your family member. Shining a bright light on the party’s conduct might prevent another wrongful death for another family.
When you hire Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, P.C. to file a wrongful death claim, you can expect us to:
- Investigate the death of your loved one to gather evidence and prove fault
- Shield you from aggressive insurance adjusters and investigators trying to settle your claim for a fraction of its value
- Document the damages and calculate the value of the wrongful death claim
- Work with experts to calculate the financial contributions your family lost because of a wrongful death
- File all insurance claims, lawsuits, and other documents to protect your right to seek justice through a trial
- Aggressively negotiate a settlement that is in your best interest or file a wrongful death suit if the other party acts in bad faith
Contact our law office to schedule your free consultation with a wrongful death attorney. You do not have to handle this matter alone. Our legal team is compassionate and will do whatever we can to help you through this painful and emotional experience.
Seeking Justice After Someone’s Negligence or Misconduct Causes a Wrongful Death
Each state has its own wrongful death statute. The law defines a wrongful death claim, who can file it, the compensation one may receive, and the deadline for filing the claim. Let’s discuss these issues one at a time.
What Constitutes a Wrongful Death?
States define wrongful death in their statutes or codes of law. In most cases, a wrongful death is the taking of another person’s life because of wrongdoing or negligence.
Examples of situations that can result in wrongful death include:
- Car accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dog bite or attacks
- Boating accidents
- Intentional acts of violence or assault
- Recreational and sports activities
- And other personal injury cases
At Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, P.C., we handle all types of cases involving wrongful death.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
The wrongful death statutes of your state determine who can file a wrongful death claim. In some states, the parties are in order of priority, beginning with the surviving spouse and children. Other states require the personal representative of the estate to file the wrongful death claim.
Under California’s wrongful death statute, the surviving spouse, children, domestic partner, and grandchildren (if the children are deceased) can file a wrongful death claim. Other family members might be able to file a claim under specific circumstances. Texas has a similar Wrongful Death Act that allows the surviving spouse, children, and parents to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
It can be confusing who has the priority to file a wrongful death case. At Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, P.C., our wrongful death lawyers understand the law. We ensure that the people who are entitled to recover compensation are the ones filing the lawsuit.
What Compensation is Available for a Wrongful Death?
The compensation you can recover for the death of a loved one also depends on state statutes.
In many cases, the family may receive:
- Reasonable funeral and burial expenses
- Financial contributions the person would have made to the family had they lived
- The cost of household services the person would have contributed had they lived
- Compensation for the loss of guidance, support, companionship, love, and counsel
- Mental anguish
Because the laws vary by state, we encourage you to contact our wrongful death lawyers to discuss your case. In some cases, the estate can file a survival action for other damages, such as the deceased’s pain and suffering before death.
What is the Deadline for Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
The statute of limitations sets the deadline for filing actions related to wrongful death. The deadlines vary depending on state law.
For example, you have two years from the date of death to file most wrongful death claims in Texas. California’s statute of limitations for most wrongful death lawsuits is also two years. However, deaths related to medical malpractice in California have a three-year deadline.
Contact Our Wrongful Death Attorneys for a Free Consultation
Dealing with legal matters after a loved one’s passing is never easy. At Mission Personal Injury Lawyers, P.C., we will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Our legal team handles as much of the process for you as we can.
Contact our law office to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers. We have law offices in El Paso, TX and throughout San Diego, CA. A member of our legal team is available 24/7 to take your call.