A Wrongful Death Attorney in El Paso
The Law Offices of Rios & Parada, P.L.L.C. know that the same accidents and negligence that result in personal injury suits can easily cause wrongful deaths. Losing a loved one due to another’s negligence is life altering. It is a stressful and emotional experience. Our attorneys know that no amount of financial restitution can undo the hurt and loss felt by surviving family members. If you lost a loved one as a result of another’s actions, intentions or negligence, you have legal options. You deserve a wrongful death attorney who has experience and knowledge with wrongful death. Your loved one’s memory deserves justice. It is our goal to fight for that.
What Qualifies as a Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death occurs when the deceased loses their life as a direct result of another’s negligent, accidental, or intentional actions. The four main elements of a wrongful death lawsuit are:
- A person has died
- The death is the result of another person’s negligence, misconduct, or intent to harm
- Survivors are suffering financial hardship as a result of the death
- Appointment of a representative for the decedent’s estate by the survivors
A wrongful death can result from a multitude of situations, some include:
- Auto accidents (pedestrian, car, bicycle, motorcycle, etc.)
- Commercial transportation accidents (plane, trains, boats, etc.)
- Medical malpractice
- Occupational hazards including exposure to dangerous situations and/or substances
- Criminal behavior
The Process of A Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The plaintiffs must meet the same burden of proof that the victim would be responsible to meet had they lived. An appointed representative of the estate must file the claim on behalf of the survivors. They are known as the “real parties of interest.” They usually include:
- Immediate family members
- Life partners
- Financial dependents
- Putative spouses
- Distant family members.
The purpose of filing a wrongful death lawsuit is to collect financial damages from those responsible for the decedent’s death. There are three main types of damages you can file for: economic, non economic, and putative. Statutes of limitations for filing a wrongful death suit vary. However, they usually have to be filed within two years of the incident that caused the victim’s death.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Rios & Parada, P.L.L.C., know that when you lose a loved one, the last thing you want to deal with are lawyers and court dates. However, your loved one deserves justice for what happened. They would want to know that your family is taken care of. We can help with that. Contact our offices today for more information on how we can help you achieve justice.