Losing a spouse, parent or child is a tragedy. It's a stressful, emotional time that's often complicated by financial woes, confusing paperwork and worries for the future. My advice to all families who've lost a loved one is the same: make sure that you have legal representation that puts your best interests first.
Finding the right lawyer to help you navigate the confusing (yet necessary) aftermath of a loved one's death will make all the difference between a slow, hard journey and one that brings you closure.
You Have the Right to Make a Claim
As the relative of a truck wreck victim, you should know that you have the right to make a claim for monetary damages caused by the truck driver who caused the crash. This includes any medical expenses (doctor bills, hospital fees, etc.) that your relative incurred before passing away, as well as the funeral costs and compensation for the physical pain and suffering the deceased may have endured.
Texas law also entitles a deceased victim's surviving family to monetary compensation to make up for their loved one's lost wages. In other words, the salary the deceased would have earned and contributed to his or her family can be sought in a wrongful death claim.
This is important. The loss of a loved one is tragic and terrible emotionally, but also financially. And yet, survivors should not have to bear the brunt of this injustice. You're entitled to compensation, even if there was a life police in effect.
When the Trucking Company is Being Difficult
Unfortunately, the trucking company responsible for the death of your loved one won't always try to play nice. If you're having trouble getting the insurance adjuster to offer you fair compensation - or to call you back at all - you should know that this is common. You aren't alone.
Even if the insurance adjuster seems friendly and helpful, I'd warn you to be wary of certain tricks they might try to pull to cheat you out of the full amount they owe you. Common tactics include offering you a quick and easy settlement check (a seemingly good offer usually isn't what it appears to be) or, on the flip side, delaying your claim indefinitely.
If you'd like to read more about the hidden motives of insurance adjusters, you can find information here: Learn How Trucking Companies Will Try To Trick You After they Hit You
What Anderson Law Firm Can Do For You
At Anderson Law Firm, our attorneys offer free no obligation consultations to individuals who have lost a loved one in a tragic traffic fatality. I understand that money can't bring back a loved one or repair the hurt you feel. It can, however, help you stay afloat financially as you slowly piece your life back together.
For many bereaved families, winning a wrongful death case against the at-fault trucking company can provide a much needed sense of closure. Additionally, I can help remove some of the stress and confusion that comes along with the legal side of things.
If you would like to set up an appointment to discuss your personal situation, please call us at 817-294-1900.
Rest assured, we will handle your situation with the utmost respect and sensitivity, and do our best to make sure you get the result you deserve.