The death of a loved one is an event no one wants to encounter, especially when that death occurs all too young and possibly due to the misconduct of another. In a previous post, this blog reported on the troubling case of a Dallas teenager who died following injuries sustained after another student severely beat him. The family had filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Dallas Independent School District and the Dallas County Juvenile Department, accusing them of misconduct for causing the teen's death.
When a loved one dies due to another's negligence, it may be possible to hold that person, or entity -- such as a school district -- responsible for the death. While unfortunately such a lawsuit will not bring your loved one back, it may provide both compensation and some measure of comfort to know that the person or entity that caused the death is being held accountable.
An experienced wrongful death attorney such as Jerry D. Andrews can help a family pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. If the death occurred due to a fatal car crash or truck accident, he and his team will gather the necessary information to pursue a cause of action against the responsible party. This may include talking to witnesses, gathering police reports, visiting the site of the accident and even speaking with experts, as necessary.
One factor that may be weighing heavily on people's mind is whether to settle a case so that they may move on, or whether to pursue litigation. Jerry D. Andrews has advised families in such situations before. Litigation, which may seem daunting, may be the best option to obtain the appropriate compensation for people's loss.
Deciding to pursue a wrongful death action is not a decision that should be made alone. Guidance and counsel of an experienced attorney can help a family smoothly pursue a wrongful death cause of action. For more information, please visit our wrongful death page.