As a wrongful death lawyer, I know that losing a family member in an accident isn't only emotional, but there are serious financial implications as well. No amount of money can bring back your lost loved one, but those who choose to pursue a wrongful death claim are able to recover the money associated with that death.
The Cost of Losing a Loved One
Many grieving families are surprised by how expensive end-of-life medical expenses and funeral costs can be. The average funeral costs between $7,000 and $10,000, which includes the ceremony, place in a cemetery and headstone.
In addition to things like hospital bills and funeral costs, there's also a cost associated with the loss of a breadwinner or caretaker. When a family loses an earner, it can wreak havoc on their finances. Similarly, there are costs that come with the loss of a stay at home parent who was in charge of caring for the kids and managing the home.
Families Have a Right to Compensation Under Texas Law
If your deceased loved one was treated in hospital before passing, Texas law gives you the right to pursue reimbursement for those bills. This includes all doctor fees, hospital bills and any other medical expenses.
You have the right to recover money for all funeral costs.
Additionally, you have a right to compensation for all future income the deceased family member would have earned. The actual dollar amount will vary from case to case, but it's meant to encompass any money that they contributed to the family.
Last, you can claim for the loss of support, service and lost prospect of inheritance, as well as compensation for the loss of parental guidance the deceased's child will now lose after the death of their parent.
Should You Make a Wrongful Death Claim?
For some people this choice is obvious, but for others it's not. My best advice is to consult a personal injury and wrongful death attorney. The initial consultation should be free. A lawyer can go over the details of your case with you and help you figure out what's right for your family.
For more information on making a claim in Fort Worth, I invite you to give me a call and I'll be happy to discuss the law as it applies to your personal situation. You can reach me at any time by calling 817-294-1900.
Also read: Money Matters: Long-Term Financial Debt as a Result of Being Injured in an Accident