"I have personally represented families in their greatest time of loss when a family member has been wrongfully killed by the negligence of individuals and corporations. I know how to aggressively represent clients in wrongful death cases in order to seek justice for my clients, and I also treat my clients with sincere compassion at all times during the process. If you have suffered the tragic loss of a family member, do not hesitate to call me for help."
Sheadyn R Rogers, President of Rogers Law Firm
UPDATE: In 2015, Sheadyn R Rogers of Rogers Law Firm was honored to receive the award, as voted by peers, as the Best Wrongful Death Lawyer in Texas by the Legal Elite, Corporate America News.
Losing a loved one due to the negligence of another party typically causes a family to suffer significant damages including mental anguish and financial hardship. Often the surviving spouse is unable to work and the children are unable to attend school activities due to the psychological and emotional trauma caused by the loss of a close family member.
Corpus Christi Tx wrongful death lawyer Sheadyn R Rogers of Rogers Law Firm treats clients with wrongful death cases with the utmost compassion and integrity. Various types of wrongful death cases Rogers Law Firm handles include:
Texas Wrongful Death Act
If you have lost a family member due to negligent or wrongful acts by a person or corporation, the Texas Wrongful Death Act allows you to seek compensation for your damages. Persons entitled to seek recovery of damages for the wrongful death of a loved one include:
- Children who have lost a parent
- Parents who have lost a child
There are several types of damages that a plaintiff is legally entitled to recover when a family member is killed under the Texas Wrongful Death Act. These damages include:
- Pecuniary losses such as the loss of your loved one’s care, services, advice, counsel, support, and earnings
- Mental anguish
- Loss of inheritance
- Loss of companionship
- Exemplary damages, if defendant's conduct is willful or grossly negligent
To succeed with respect to your claim for damages under the Texas Wrongful Death Act, it must be shown that the liable party committed acts or omissions that proximately caused the death of your loved one and that you suffered actual injuries and damages from the loss of your family member.
Texas Survival Statute
Another important law called the Texas Survival Statute allows the heir or the personal representative of an estate to seek recovery for the injuries and damages suffered by the wrongfully killed family member.
Under this law, the heir or personal representative of the decedent’s estate can recover the damages the decedent suffered due to the wrongful death including:
- Physical pain and suffering, if shown that the decedent experienced actual pain before death, even for a short period of time;
- Mental anguish, if shown that the decedent had some awareness of impending death;
- Reasonable and necessary medical bills incurred by the decedent after the injury occurred and before death; and
- Funeral expenses.
Statute of Limitations
For most types of personal injury cases involving a wrongful death cause of action, you must either settle your claims for wrongful death damages or file a lawsuit against all potentially liable parties within two years of the date of the death of your family member. With respect to a survival cause of action, the statute of limitations can be as short as one year from the date of the decedent’s death.
If you do not settle the wrongful death and survival claims or file suit within the required timeframe, you may be barred from seeking compensation for damages. Therefore, it is imperative that you seek legal representation from an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the loss of your loved one so that your rights are protected.
Motives for Pursing Wrongful Death Claims
While no amount of monetary compensation will bring back your loved one or ease your emotional pain, you owe it to yourself, your family members, and other innocent members of the public to seek justice and fair compensation for your damages and to minimize the risk that the reckless conduct will occur again.
Most likely, your family will need compensation to assist with medical bills, loss of income, and mental anguish. Rogers Law Firm has also seen multiple former clients honor their wrongfully killed loved one by using funds from their wrongful death claim to donate to charities in their loved one’s name. In addition, many former clients have reported that it was emotionally helpful in pursuing a wrongful death claim to hold the responsible party accountable for the negligence and reckless conduct that resulted in the death. Regardless of your specific motive for pursuing a wrongful death claim, personal injury lawyer Sheadyn R Rogers will aggressively seek justice in your wrongful death case.
Corpus Christi Tx wrongful death attorney Sheadyn R. Rogers of Rogers Law Firm has successfully represented parents who have lost children due to wrongful death and children who have lost a parent due to wrongful death.
Each case is tragic. Therefore, Sheadyn R. Rogers personally dedicates himself to provide the best possible legal help to families in the South Texas and the Corpus Christi metroplex in their time of need when such a tragedy arises. The sooner you contact a qualified and experienced wrongful death lawyer, the better. Rogers Law Firm offers clients with wrongful death cases the following:
- the Peace of Mind that your attorney specializes in the area of law that you need, as Sheadyn R. Rogers is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law;
- Free Initial Consultation concerning your case;
- Aggressive and Powerful representation; and
- Contingency fee agreement - we are paid only if we obtain a settlement or recovery for you.
Rogers Law Firm represents clients involved with wrongful death lawsuits in Corpus Christi, Texas and throughout all of South Texas. For a free consultation concerning your wrongful death case, call wrongful death lawyer Sheadyn R Rogers at (361) 356-6057 or fill out the firm's consultation request form.