Accidents, by their very nature, are tragic when they occur. And when a death is involved, the impact of the tragedy is even more severe.
Depending on the nature of the accident, the family of the victim may be able to seek damages from the responsible party if they are able to prove that it was the result of negligence that the death took place.
If a person dies as a result of being hit by a drunk driver, or passes away due to a case of medical malpractice, or is hurt or killed because a business or property owner did not maintain their property to a safe standard, all of these situations can be considered a wrongful death.
It is critical to retain an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible after an accident occurs that takes a loved one’s life. The work involved in such a case is considerable, and the attorney will need time and resources to collect evidence, witness statements, depositions, open up a dialog with the other party’s attorney and/or insurance company as well as many other steps.
The attorney will work with the family of the deceased person to seek many forms of compensation, including:
Proving negligence is the key. An attorney must show that a defendant acted outside of what could reasonably be expected and thereby breached a duty of care to the victim. For example, a drunk driver is not acting responsibly if they get behind the wheel and kill a person. The drunk driver is considered negligent.
When negligence is proven, then the attorney must be able to show that the negligence was the actual cause of the victim’s death. In some instances, this is easy but in others, it can be complicated. However, affixing cause is the final step in securing a settlement on behalf of the victim’s estate.
The Bryant Law Firm proudly serves Harris County and the surrounding communities of Galveston, Fort Bend, Brazoria, and Montgomery Counties.
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