Nothing can describe the pain associated with the loss of a family member, and when that loss is caused by the negligence of another person or party, it can be especially difficult to accept. At Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar, Higginbotham, and Jacob, PLLC, we understand the devastation that families in this situation are experiencing. Committed to seeking justice for those affected by the loss of a family member, our wrongful death lawyers provide individuals with compassionate and aggressive legal representation.
Understanding Wrongful Death Claims
Wrongful death claims are generally initiated by an attorney on behalf of the spouse, children, family, or beneficiaries of the decedent. A wrongful death is legally defined as an unnecessary death that results from the negligence or misconduct of another person or entity. Some common causes of wrongful death are auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, medical malpractice, dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, defective products, natural gas explosions, and other instances of general negligence. With extensive experience representing families with wrongful death claims, our lawyers have investigated cases from all over the world, including Austin, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas.
Compensatory and Punitive Damages
Although monetary compensation can never atone for the loss of a family member, it can provide the financial support you and your family need to pay off medical bills, funeral expenses, and other debts incurred as a result of an unexpected death. These types of compensation are called compensatory damages and are meant to help get the victim(s) back to where they started financially before the loss of their loved one. Sometimes, families affected by a wrongful death are eligible for punitive damages as well. Punitive damages are meant to penalize the party at fault and to discourage it and others from acting irresponsibly in the future.
If you are the spouse, child, or parent of someone who was killed as a result of negligence, the wrongful death lawyers in Austin can help you and your family recover compensation for:
- The pain and suffering of the decedent prior to death
- Expenses for medical care prior to death
- Funeral and burial expenses
- The loss of companionship, affection, love, and moral support the family member would have provided
- The loss of service from the family member
- The loss of support or financial contributions from the family member
- Contact Our Wrongful Death Lawyers
For experienced representation in wrongful death litigation, contact the wrongful death lawyers at our Austin and San Antonio, Texas-area firm. As one of the oldest and most prominent law firms in the area, Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar, Higginbotham, and Jacob, PLLC, has a reputation for effective, compassionate service.