The Auto Accident Lawyers at Ketterman Rowland & Westlund will fight to help you protect your future

Being forced to cope with the unexpected death of a loved one can leave a family devastated. The emotional trauma of the situation is further compounded if that person was the primary wage earner in the household. In many instances, this loss can leave the family wondering how they’re going to survive financially.

If you lost a loved one due to the negligence or willfully destructive conduct of another person, a wrongful death lawsuit could help you get back on your feet financially. No amount of litigation or money can ever bring back a loved one, but moving forward with your life may well hinge on proactively pursuing compensation in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit.

Our Abilene wrongful death lawyers understand that this is difficult time in your life, which is why we take a compassionate approach to these sensitive cases. Taking the next step won’t be easy, but when you hire us to represent your interests, we believe that it’s our role to be far more than just your lawyer.

Contact one of the experienced Abilene wrongful death attorneys at Ketterman, Rowland & Westlund today for a free consultation. Whether you lost a loved one because of a sudden injury or jobsite exposure to a toxic substance like asbestos, we can help you take the appropriate action.

You need an Abilene wrongful death lawyer who will defend your interests

  • Filing a wrongful death claim in Texas is a way of pursuing fair compensation for your untimely loss
  • Your attorney from KRW will handle the details of your wrongful death case so that you and your family can take time to grieve
  • The actions you take now could very well affect your future financial security
  • If you’re unsure whether your situation qualifies for a wrongful death lawsuit, contact our office for a free consultation

In cases involving wrongful death, your attorney may seek compensation for a variety of different reasons. Our Abilene wrongful death lawyers routinely seek reimbursement and damages for:

  • Medical bills incurred before the death of a loved one
  • Cost of the funeral and related costs
  • Lost income (if the decedent was the primary home wage earner)
  • Emotional suffering due to the loss of a close family member

In the state of Texas, only the decedent’s spouse, parents, or children may seek compensation, so if this applies to you contact our law office right away for more assistance.

How does the law define wrongful death

A wrongful death claim is a civil action that can be pursued by a surviving family member of someone who died to the negligence or misconduct of another party. The family members may file this claim in order to seek monetary damages as a means of compensation for their loss. The reason this action is limited to certain close relatives is because they are the people who counted on the decedent for emotional and financial support.

Wrongful death cases – what you need to know ahead of time

If a person caused the death of another person by behavior that is negligent, deliberate, or reckless, the victim’s demise is considered “wrongful.” To prove negligence in a wrongful death case, the lawyer must prove that the accused party played a role in the victim’s demise, either by their action or an act of omission.

There are a number of situations that could qualify for a wrongful death lawsuit. Some of the more common scenarios include:

  • Automobile, trucking, and bicycle accidents
  • Childbirth injuries
  • Medical malpractice
  • Workplace accidents

Cases involving wrongful death require an in depth investigation. Your Abilene wrongful death lawyer from KRW will also likely want to secure the testimony of expert witnesses.

What damages will your Abilene wrongful death lawyer pursue

Courts determine the amount of damages in wrongful death cases based on a variety of factors. The court will likely want to know the following information:

  • What was the nature of the relationship between the surviving family member and the deceased?
  • What amount of the decedent’s income was available to the survivor?
  • How much will it cost the survivor to replace the decedent’s services?
  • What is the average life expectancy of the survivor and decedent?

Once these factors are ascertained, your Abilene wrongful death lawyer will determine what benefits the survivor may be entitled to. Depending on the nature of the survivor’s relationship with the deceased, different benefits may apply. Your Abilene wrongful death attorney can better explain these benefits once the nature of the relationships is determined, but some general guidelines are as follows.

  • Surviving spouses may seek compensation for “loss of companionship,” and for any mental anguish and emotional suffering that occurred from the time the victim was injured until their death.
  • Surviving children can pursue compensation for lost parental companionship. A child also loses the guidance and instruction that a parent provides, so they too can seek damages for pain and suffering.
  • Surviving parents can seek compensation for suffering incurred from the time of the victim’s injury until their death. If there is no surviving spouse or children, they may also seek compensation for ongoing pain and suffering.
  • All of these entities may pursue compensation for lost services and support from the date of the victim’s injury until their death. They may also pursue future loss of support, medical expenses, and funeral expenses incurred because of the decedent’s injury and/or death.

Wrongful death cases may also seek punitive damages against the responsible party when their actions were grossly negligent or intentional. Punitive damages not only seek to collect monetary compensation but also punish the offending party.

Your Abilene wrongful death lawyer can also handle cases involving personal injury

In some situations, victims of an accident or criminal action may pursue a personal injury and wrongful death claim at the same time. One example would be in the case of an auto accident where a family traveling together is in an accident caused by a drunk driver. Wrongful death lawsuits are pursued by the victim’s estate, whereas personal injury cases are pursued by the victims themselves.

Our law office has extensive experience handling both personal injury and wrongful death claims. Separate actions must be filed when both apply, and these cases can become quite complex. When you work with us, you have an entire team of qualified lawyers fighting to protect your legal rights and the interests of your entire family.

Starting over after the untimely death of a loved one

Losing a family member unexpectedly is often devastating. The grieving process takes a considerable amount of time, and if you’re dealing with healing your own physical injuries, this process may be even more difficult. Our Abilene wrongful death lawyer routinely see how families suffer after losing a loved one, as they struggle to cope with their grief, resentment, and anger.

It’s not uncommon for insurance agents to quickly appear after a tragic accident. This can compound the emotional strain associated with a wrongful death case. If the insurance company fails to treat surviving family members fairly, it can lead to a great deal of frustration.

Sadly, insurance companies routinely “low ball” or outright deny legitimate claims. Your Abilene wrongful death attorney will aggressively pursue a fair settlement on your behalf. Additionally, we compassionately address family needs that extend beyond litigation and negotiations. If you need reliable counsel, we are here to help.

Putting the pieces of your life back together won’t be easy. No amount of money can bring back a loved one or provide you with the loving support they gave you before their untimely death. However, rebuilding your life and addressing the security of your family must be addressed at these unexpected crossroads. We can help you take the next step.

Your wrongful death lawyer will thoroughly investigate the details

Depending on the nature of your wrongful death claim, your attorney will likely need to conduct an investigation in the details surrounding your loved one’s death. For example, if they were killed in an auto accident, your lawyer will review the police records and talk to experts who can provide testimony regarding the details.

In cases of medical malpractice, your lawyer may need to gain access to the decedent’s medical records. Other wrongful death situations may call for a very specific style of investigation. Fortunately, our attorneys have handled all sorts of wrongful death cases under a variety of circumstances, so we already know how to proceed when conducting an investigation.

In any personal injury or wrongful death case, there is no substitute for experience and preparedness. Contact our law office to get more information.

Abilene, Texas – A modern city with modern problems

With nearly 167,000 people living in Abilene, misfortune is a part of everyday life. Every day all over the city, residents of Abilene are injured and killed while on the job, in car accidents, and on routine visits to the hospital emergency room. When negligence is involved, a lawyer can help seek compensation for damages.

These are the modern problems facing Abilene residents, but back in 1881 the city was a very different place. Abilene became a city because it was an important shipping point for the railroad, long before the first cars would sputter their way down local roadways. However, that strategic shipping location helped turn Abilene into a major Texas city which would steadily grow over passing decades.

In mid-1940s Abilene, proactive thinkers raised local money to build the Barkeley Army Base. Even though it closed after the war, many servicemen and their families decided to stay in Abilene, open businesses, and make it their home. Some of these businesses are still around today, and those families helped Abilene grow exponentially throughout the latter part of the 20th century.

Abilene today, a place for families and progress

Modern Abilene offers all of the flavor you would expect from any city in Texas. A number of fantastic restaurants, hotels, and attractions offer visitors a chance to experience authentic Texas.

One such attraction is Frontier Texas, which has all of the history you would expect from a local museum but with a surprising twist. As one of just a few museums in the world featuring life-sized holograms, Frontier Texas makes Abilene and the wild west come to life in a way few people have every experienced.

The Abilene Zoo is also popular with families, and the attraction features kid-friendly camps that are very popular with Abilene’s youth. With over 1,000 animals, you don’t want to miss the Abilene Zoo.

Contact one of our Abilene wrongful death lawyers today

If you lost a love one in an accident and would like more information about wrongful death claims, we can help. Our Abilene wrongful death attorneys offer a free consultation, so contact our law office today and let us help you take the next step in your life.

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