If your loved one was killed in a truck accident in Texas, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party or their insurance company. This claim may allow you to recover damages for the deceased.
The amount you can claim will depend on your case, but we will discuss the most common damages below.
If your loved one died in a truck accident, our legal team may be able to help. Contact a Texas wrongful death attorney at 713-850-8600.
Expenses and Losses You May Be Able to Recover in a Wrongful Death Suit
The value of your damages and what you can claim depends on a wide range of factors including the nature of the accident, the liable party, the damages you can account for, and how the accident occurred.
Some of the expenses and financial losses you may be able to claim include:
The Victim’s Pain and Suffering
You may be able to recover pain and suffering. The degree to which the deceased was conscious, the duration and severity of the pain, and the victim’s awareness of impending death may determine if you can claim the loss.
Hospitalization and Medical Costs
You may be able to recover medical expenses incurred from the time of the accident until the victim’s death. Expenses you can account for may include:
- Ambulance services
- ER immediate attention
- Surgical procedures
- ICU for life-threatening injuries
- Life support
Funeral and Burial Costs
Funerals can be costly. You should not have to pay for your loved one’s services when their death was caused by another driver’s negligent or reckless actions.
There are numerous costs that you may incur, including:
- Memorial service
- Transfer of deceased to funeral home
- Hearse transportation
- Burial preparation
- Cemetery lot
- Cremation costs
- Tombstone or marker
A wrongful death attorney can guide you through the process of filing a wrongful death claim and help you hold the at-fault party accountable for your funeral and burial expenses.
Loss of Consortium
is the severing of a family or spouse relationship caused by the accident, which resulted in the death of your loved one.
As a result of the accident, the victim can no longer provide you or your family love, affection, parental guidance, or companionship. While nothing can replace your loved one, you may be able to recover damages related to this loss.
Loss of Income Damages
You or family’s standard of living or financial stability was likely affected when your loved one was killed in a truck accident. Therefore, part of the damages you may recover includes compensation for income or benefits your loved one provided for your family.
These damages may include:
- Bonuses and other compensation agreements
- Health care benefits through work
- Income from being self-employed
- Government benefits, such as Social Security disability
An attorney may be able to help you account for current income, expected working years left, or retirement.
Understanding the Value of Your Losses in a Truck Accident Wrongful Death Case
The value of your losses in a wrongful death case can be difficult to estimate. Several factors determine your case value, including the total amount of your economic and non-economic damages and who is at fault for the death of your loved one.
A wrongful death lawyer can over the details of the accident and your damages to help you determine what you may be able to claim as it relates to your specific case.
Legal Assistance From a Wrongful Death Attorney in Texas
If you have questions about the value of your case and what you can recover in a truck-related wrongful death suit, you want to consult an attorney who can provide legal guidance.
Miller & Associates, PLLC may be able to help you file a claim and seek recovery. We can answer your questions, manage your case, and work to negotiate a settlement with the at-fault party or their insurance company.
To schedule a free consultation about your truck accident case, call us at 713-850-8600.