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What is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death can take many forms. It can include car and motorcycle accidents. It could be someone showing reckless indifference to the safety and health of your loved one. You have too much to deal with alone. Your grief and losses like funeral expenses should be compensated by those guilty.

What Types Of Wrongful Death Claims Are There?

  • Wrongful Death – Claim made by the heirs of the deceased due to the death of their loved one
  • Survival Claim – Claim made by the estate of the deceased due to their death
  • Bystander Claim – File wrongful death claims made by family members that experience trauma due to witnessing the death of a loved one

How Do I Know If A Death Was Wrongful?

By talking to an experienced wrongful death attorney you will be able to find out what your path to justice is as well as negligences and what legal remedies you have available. Sometimes filing a wrongful death lawsuit is the right path, sometimes it’s a matter of having an attorney at Cesar Ornelas Injury Law talk to the other party in order to get justice. We take your wrongful death case to a positive resolution.

What Potential Damages Are There For Wrongful Death?

  • Lost Income – Income that your loved one should have earned before they passed away
  • Lost Future Earnings – Replacement for earnings that your loved one should have earned in the future
  • Lost Inheritance – Assets that would have been in inheritance if the deceased had not died prematurely
  • Lost companionship and parental guidance – The cost of the loss of the emotional support that a loved one or parent would give
  • Medical Costs – Direct medical costs associated with the passing of the deceased
  • Funeral Costs – Costs associated with burial
  • Pain and Suffering – Costs associated with aiding the recovery for the general pain and suffering placed on loved ones of the deceased
  • Punitive Damages – Damages that can’t easily be calculated and are meant to punish the person or company that caused the death

It should be noted that punitive damages, referred to in the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code as exemplary damages, are quite rare. Such damages are only awarded in cases of particularly gross negligence and are often awarded specifically to punish people for their conduct and hopefully deter others from engaging in similar conduct.

Remember, the sooner you get in contact with a caring and tough attorney like Cesar Ornelas, the sooner you get justice for your loved one.

The life of a loved one is the most important thing in this world. If you have lost a loved one, first, let me say I am truly sorry for your loss. It is not an easy thing to handle and it is an emotionally wrenching experience.

Cesar Ornelas Principal

A Wrongful Death Lawyer Near You

If you have been in a fatal accident local attorneys near your location are the best option to make sure to retain legal counsel as soon as possible. Cesar Ornelas Law is a dedicated personal injury law firm in surrounding areas of Texas. We’re conveniently located at 11459 Huebner Rd, San Antonio, TX.

Our firm handles these cases on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay anything upfront and instead agree to pay a prearranged percentage of your award when one is recovered. Call us at (210) 957-2103 or email us at, or contact us online to schedule a free, no-risk consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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When you schedule your free consultation with a San Antonio wrongful death attorney, you should come prepared with specific questions for us to address.

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If your family member has passed due to another person’s negligence or intentional actions then you have the right to pursue compensation. An experienced wrongful death attorney can represent your family in court to make the wrongful death claims process as smooth as they can and allow you time to heal from your loss.

Wrongful death means the death of a human as the result of a wrongful act of another person. Acts that qualify as wrongful are:

  • Negligence – such as careless driving
  • Purposeful attack – such as assault and/or battery
  • Death – caused by another crime
  • Vehicle manslaughter
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder

Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 71.004 establishes that a wrongful death action is for the exclusive benefit of a surviving spouse, children, and parents of the deceased person. When none of the individuals entitled to bring an action begin an action within three months of the person’s death, their executor or administrator can bring and prosecute the action unless all of those individuals request that they not do so.

Yes! Every state has well-defined statutes of limitations that can rob you of your right to justice. Usually, you have less than two years to sue after the passing of your loved one, but there are many exceptions to that rule. Seek legal help from a San Antonio lawyer to file your wrongful death lawsuit.

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