The unexpected loss of a loved one is one of life’s most difficult ordeals to endure. If your loved one’s death was preventable, the loss can be even harder to bear. You should not be saddled with medical debts and funeral costs if your loved one was killed in Brownsville as a result of someone else’s carelessness or misconduct. Texas law allows close family members of the deceased person whose death was caused by others’ negligence to file a lawsuit and demand justice.
At Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C., our Brownsville wrongful death lawyers understand the emotional struggle and financial disruption that the loss of a loved can cause. The road to recovery is difficult, especially if you are experiencing financial stress. Let our experienced wrongful death attorneys offer guidance. Our compassionate attorneys will review the accident that took your loved one’s life and explain your legal options to move forward.
Attorney Greg Herrman and the legal team at Herrman & Herrman in Brownsville are ready to assist you. Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C. is an established law firm that has helped thousands of people throughout Cameron County and South Texas recover after serious losses. Our compassionate attorneys understand the struggles you are facing with the loss of a loved one. If we handle your Brownsville wrongful death case, we will work on a contingency fee basis. You will not owe us a legal fee unless we obtain compensation for you. Call Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C. to obtain a free review of your case and learn how we can assist you. Our Brownsville lawyers are committed to helping families whose lives have been disrupted by the preventable loss of a loved one.
Legal Options for Remaining Family Members
The close family of a person who has been killed in Brownsville as a result of another’s carelessness or disregard for safety has a legal right to file a wrongful death lawsuit to demand compensation for their loved one’s loss. Texas civil law allows a spouse, child or parent to bring a wrongful death lawsuit after someone else causes the death of their family member. The law recognizes as spouses both married and common law spouses.
A wide range of preventable accidents leading to fatal injuries may be the basis of a wrongful death claim in Cameron County District Court including:
- Car accidents
- Slip and Fall accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Truck accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Oilfield accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Construction accidents
- Defective products
- Auto defects
- Workplace accidents
- Offshore accidents
Our Brownsville fatal accident attorneys at Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C. are committed to investigating the circumstances of your loved one’s death and demanding justice. We are available to discuss the legal options that your family may use to seek compensation. Our attorneys bring more than 100 years of collective experience to each case we handle.
After a fatal workplace accident, the immediate family of the deceased worker in Brownsville may be eligible for death benefits through the employer’s worker’s compensation insurance and also have a right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault third party who caused the fatal accident.
For example, the family of a delivery driver killed in a crash may receive workers compensation benefits from their loved one’s employer and in some instances file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault motorist who caused the accident. The state of Texas does not require employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, so some employers do not have coverage for their employees. Our experienced Brownsville wrongful death lawyers can identify the sources of insurance available to provide compensation and the potentially liable parties.
While it may be hard to contemplate legal action after the death of a loved one, it is important to speak with a Brownsville lawyer after a family member’s death.
Texas civil law allows two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit in most situations. Talking with a knowledgeable Brownsville wrongful death attorney will give you the information needed to make a well-informed decision with your family’s future in mind.
Wrongful death claims can involve sizable amounts of money. Unfortunately, insurance companies focus on limiting payouts and protecting their profits. Most insurers will try to pay the smallest amount possible to settle a claim. When the stakes are high, you need the representation of an experienced Brownsville attorney to negotiate with the insurance company and resolve your wrongful death claim. You will need a seasoned attorney fighting for your interests to have the best chance of obtaining a full settlement. Our attorneys will explore all legal options to help provide your family a secure future in Brownsville.
What Compensation Can I Get from My Brownsville Wrongful Death Case?
A bereaved spouse, parent, or child who proves a wrongful death claim in Cameron County District Court may obtain compensation for:
- Expenses such as doctor and hospital bills and burial costs;
- Loss of the deceased person’s household support, services and future earning capacity;
- Loss of parental guidance, instruction and affection that a parent would have provided a child;
- Pain and suffering;
- Exemplary damages in special situations when a death was caused by an intentional act such as an act of violence or grossly negligent conduct.
The types of wrongful death compensation that may be sought depend on the specific facts of the case. Our attorneys can review the circumstances of your loved one’s death and explain the types of compensation that your family may seek.
How an Attorney Can Help in a Wrongful Death Case
You need to understand your legal rights after the loss of a loved one and whether you have a valid wrongful death case. Our attorneys will answer your questions and explain your legal options in your preferred language so that your family has the information needed to make well-informed decisions. If your primary language is Spanish, you may feel more comfortable discussing legal matters in your first language. Our attorneys and staff are fluent in Spanish and English and try to accommodate our clients’ language preferences.
Our experienced attorneys who have handled numerous wrongful death claims will invest the time to investigate your loved one’s death and determine all the potentially liable parties. In some cases, there are liable parties that are not apparent at first.
You may not expect a law firm to do an investigation on the scene of a fatal accident. But Herrman & Herrman is committed to doing what it takes to serve clients. If we are contacted right away, we will send our Accident Investigative Team to the scene to gather important evidence. Interviewing witnesses before they leave and preserving evidence before it disappears is crucial to building the strongest claim for compensation for a wrongful death.
Our attorneys will identify all the sources of insurance that may provide compensation for your Brownsville wrongful death claim. We will negotiate with the insurance companies and stand up for your rights. We understand that no amount of money can replace your lost loved one. But we will keep insurers from pressuring grieving families to accept unreasonable settlement offers and taking advantage of you after the loss of a loved one.
Our Brownsville attorneys are skilled negotiators and are able to settle most cases without going through a trial. However, if the insurance company refuses to agree to a fair settlement, we will consult with you about filing a lawsuit and seeking justice in Cameron County court.
Our compassionate attorneys understand your family may be facing financial stress if your lost loved one’s income helped support the household. An attorney at Herrman & Herrman will handle your wrongful death claim on a contingency fee basis. That allows you to have highly qualified legal representation without having to pay any money up front.
You will not owe a legal fee unless our attorneys obtain a settlement or a jury verdict for you. If we do obtain money for you, then we receive an agreed portion of the wrongful death lawsuit settlement as payment for our legal services and expenses.
The attorneys and staff at Herrman & Herrman have deep roots in South Texas and are committed to helping families in Brownsville who have suffered the wrongful deaths of loved ones. Gregory Herrman has built the law firm on a solid foundation of treating people of all walks with respect and individual attention and advocating for the rights of those who have been injured and need help.
If you have lost a loved one in a car crash or other avoidable accidents in Brownsville or elsewhere in Cameron County, Texas, our dedicated attorneys are ready to help. Contact Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C. today for a free, no obligation legal consultation.