Austin Wrongful Death Attorney
Losing a loved one in a preventable accident is one of the most difficult experiences a family can go through. Family members must cope with their feelings of loss and grief while trying to adjust to sudden, drastic changes in their daily lives. It is also common for survivors to feel a great need to see some kind of action taken against the responsible party.
Often, the only way for surviving family members to seek some kind of justice is by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. The Law Offices of Austin wrongful death lawyer Vic Feazell, P.C., can help you win the compensation you deserve for a fatal accident. Contact us at 877-948-4842 to discuss your case.
Damages Awarded in Wrongful Death Suits
In a typical Austin wrongful death suit, damages can only be won by the parents, children, or spouse of the deceased. This can include adopted children and step-children. If there are no immediate family members who wish to file a suit, the deceased’s estate may file one.
The relatives eligible for compensation are called beneficiaries. The damages they can be awarded will vary depending on the circumstances of the case. Possible damages include:
- Pecuniary (financial) loss. This includes the deceased’s income or support, insurance policy, pension, potential inheritance, and any other finances he or she shared with the beneficiaries.
- Compensatory damages. These are awarded to compensate for the more subjective losses a family can experience. They include loss of companionship or support, and mental anguish.
- Punitive (punishment) damages. These are only awarded in severe cases, when the defendant was deliberately reckless or grossly negligent.
If you have lost a loved one to another person’s careless actions, you deserve justice. To discuss your circumstances with an experienced injury attorney, contact the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C., at 877-948-4842.