What Can I Recover After an Injury or Wrongful Death?
If you’ve been injured in an accident, or a loved one was the victim of a wrongful death, because of another party’s negligence, you may be able to recover damages for your losses. There are two major types of damages in Texas.
- Compensatory Damages — Compensatory damages are those that compensate a person for injuries or losses. Compensatory damages are broken down into economic and non-economic damages. Some examples of economic damages are loss of earning capacity or medical expenses.Non-economic damages are not as easily quantifiable such as physical pain and mental anguish.
- Exemplary Damages — Exemplary damages, also known as punitive damages, are intended to punish the defendant and deter future bad behavior. Exemplary damages are only applicable in rare circumstances in which an injury or wrongful death is caused by the defendant’s willful acts of malice or gross negligence.
Compensation for Personal Injury
Whether you have suffered an injury due to an accident, a defective or dangerous product, or unsafe premise conditions, you may be entitled to receive compensation for past and future:
- Medical costs
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Physical limitations
No two injuries are the same and the damages you can expect to recover will depend on a number of different factors. Various laws may be applicable to your case depending on the type of accident you have experienced. At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we have handled nearly every type of injury over the past four decades and we know how to build the strongest possible case. The sooner our personal injury attorneys get involved in your case, the better the chance we have for collecting and preserving valuable evidence.
Compensation for Wrongful Death
Under Texas law, a surviving spouse, child, or parent may pursue a wrongful death claim when the negligence or wrongful act of another party results in the death of their relative. Though damages will vary depending on the particular circumstances of your case, you may be able to recover compensation for the following losses;
- Burial expenses
- Loss of financial contributions
- Loss of care, support, maintenance, advice, and counsel
- Loss of the love, companionship, comfort, and society
- Loss of inheritance you may have received if your family member had lived a normal expected lifetime
- Pain, suffering and mental anguish
Texas also has a survival statute that allows a parent, child, or spouse to assert a survival action. This essentially preserves the personal injury claim that the decedent would have been able to assert if he or she had survived the accident. Compensation for a survival action can include medical expenses, physical pain, and mental anguish that was suffered between the time of the accident and when your loved one passed away. Funeral expenses are also recoverable in a survival action.
Experienced Representation for Your Case
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., our experienced attorneys have handled virtually every type of personal injury case including wrongful death and catastrophic injuries. We have the resources necessary to achieve results for our clients and we will guide you through every step of the legal process.
For over 40 years, we have helped victims and their families recover the compensation that they deserve and we are committed to providing compassionate representation. You can contact us for a free consultation to discuss the circumstances of your case and the compensation you can expect to receive for your losses. Call 281-283-8500 today to schedule a free consultation or use our online contact form.