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Don't automatically rule out a wrongful death claim

Motor vehicle accidents claim many Texas lives each year, leaving family members in complete despair. Unfortunately, many of the bereaved automatically rule out a wrongful death claim, even when the accident clearly happened because of another person's negligence. One of the main reasons for this is because family members fear that people will think they are trying to benefit financially from a loved one's death.

As personal injury lawyers serving residents in the Houston area, we want to advise you to reconsider your stance. There are many reasons to consider a wrongful death action, and getting "free money" is the least of them.

Compensation: Despite what we said above about money being the least of the reasons to file a claim, we want you to consider what you have lost. It is not about profiting; it is about replacing some of what you have lost. A wrongful death action cannot bring back or replace your loved one, but it can replace the income your family has lost.

Exemplary damages: The state of Texas allows survivors to seek exemplary damages in wrongful deaths that occur due to "gross negligence of the defendant." This is designed to punish the responsible party, not to enrich your own life. If receiving this extra money bothers you, consider giving it to charity.

Saving lives: When you hold the parties responsible for a wrongful death to account, it will more than likely force them to make changes in their lives. In turn, this could mean that one or more people get to live on because of your actions.

We understand how personal the decision to take action is for bereaved families. At the very least, consider speaking with an attorney before you rule out a claim. You can also learn more about wrongful death to help you make the right decision. Our website is a great place to get started.

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