This is the first post in what will be a series on the handling of wrongful death cases in Austin, Texas. We are writing on this topic because since people are devastated after losing a loved one, it is understandable that the legal process would not be the first thing on one’s mind after a tragedy. However, there are several reasons why it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. The goal of our coming posts is to provide information which will help Austin residents to make a more informed decision when choosing a wrongful death attorney.
We will be addressing several topics over our coming articles. Issues which we will analyze include:
- Identifying the defendants in a wrongful death case
- Calculating damages in such a matter
- The types of discovery conducted in such cases
- Taking a wrongful death case to trial
There are several reasons why those, who have lost a loved one, should understand these issues. First, depending on the circumstances there may be multiple defendants in the case. If such is the situation then it is important to identify each of the responsible parties as quickly as possible. Second, damages in the matter mayl include the lost earnings of the deceased as well as mental anguish and emotional pain suffered by surviving family members. Depending on the circumstances, punitive damages may also be appropriate. Third, the discovery process will be crucial in establishing the liability of each and every defendant. Finally, knowing what to expect from the trial process will help to ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible.
Again, it is important that you contact counsel as soon as possible after such a tragedy. A lawyer can take steps to ensure that evidence is preserved and available for trial. Counsel will also contact the relevant insurance carriers and begin dealing with them directly. This will allow you and your family to begin putting the pieces back together after such a loss. Our wrongful death attorneys have extensive experience in such matters and are ready to assist you. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
In addition to Austin, we also service Travis County cities which include Rollingwood, Round Rock, Elgin, Jonestown, Manor, Bee Cave, Lago Vista, Sunset Valley, Lakeway, Creedmoor, the Williamson County cities of Georgetown, Cedar Park, and Leander, as well as other areas of Texas.