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What You Should Know About Wrongful Death Settlements

The process of understanding and enduring a wrongful death asks more of anyone than any other situation in life. We might try to prepare for death, but nothing can get us ready for when it hits unexpectedly. We can’t control the situation, and usually cannot control our emotions, either. One thing you can count on is finding justice in the situation through the law. First and foremost, it’s crucial to understand wrongful death settlements.

What You Should Know About Wrongful Death Settlements
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What Is Wrongful Death and Who Can File a Claim?

Wrongful death occurs when an individual dies due to the negligence or misconduct of another person or entity. The right to file a wrongful death claim is typically reserved for close family members of the deceased such as a spouse, children and parents, or the legal representatives of the deceased’s estate. If successful, a claim can result in compensation for lost support, income, companionship and funeral expenses.

When is Wrongful Death Applicable?

Most often, wrongful death stems from a personal injury that went too far. A wrongful death is applicable when the victim was killed due to negligence or an intentional act. Typically, negligence is the reason behind the wrongful death.

  • Intentional – If the victim is intentionally killed, such as murder, then a wrongful death claim may be brought forward.
  • Negligence – Proving negligence is an often-complicated feat. If the victim dies due to their injuries sustained in a car accident, a wrongful death claim is possible.

At such a tragic moment, dealing with the complexities of the legal system may feel too overwhelming. Our simple guide to filing a wrongful death lawsuit may help you gain an understanding of how to best proceed with a claim.

Common Causes of Wrongful Death

While many negligent or intentional acts can lead to a wrongful death claim, the following examples are among the most common.

  • Vehicle Accidents – Fatal crashes often result from road negligence.
  • Workplace Incidents – Safety failures in high-risk industries produce deadly outcomes.
  • Defective Products – Fatal flaws in the design or manufacturing of consumer goods.
  • Pedestrian Accidents – Loss of life from driver inattention.

Factors Influencing Wrongful Death Settlements

It’s difficult to predict an exact amount for a wrongful death settlement. Every wrongful death case is unique, and as such, a range of factors must be considered. For instance, loss of income, pain and suffering, and other factors will be considered.

Throughout the country, it’s not unheard of to acquire over $1 million settlements for clients in wrongful death lawsuits. You must understand, this is a sensitive case that requires finesse and legal expertise.

Speak With a North Texas Wrongful Death Attorney Today

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another party, speak with the wrongful death attorneys at Lucé Law, PC. With almost four decades of legal experience we are dedicated to attaining the compensation you deserve. To learn more about a claim, call (972) 632-1300 or request a free legal consultation now.

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Joe Lucé represents individuals dealing with the repercussions of personal injuries, auto accidents, slip and fall injuries and wrongful death.
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