Round Rock, TX, holds many charms for visitors and residents alike, including the Round Rock and Brushy Creek Crossing, the Forest Creek Golf Course, and Old Settlers Park, among other attractions.
Despite its attractions, however, Round Rock suffers from the same infirmities that other towns do, including tragic deaths.
The untimely death of a loved one is a shocking event. It becomes an almost unbearable sorrow, then, to learn that the accident that killed your loved one didn’t have to happen—that someone else’s wrongdoing caused your loved one’s death.
Some Common Causes of Wrongful Death
The human body is fragile, and there are untold ways to cause someone’s death.
Following are some of the most common scenarios that trigger wrongful death lawsuits.
- Traffic accidents: Many major highways serve Round Rock and Williamson County including Interstate 35, US 79, US183, SH 29 and SH 45, among others. On these high-speed thoroughfares, a moment’s carelessness can be fatal.
- Work injuries: Most but not all deaths caused by work injuries are resolved through the Texas workers’ compensation system. Although this system limits your compensation, you can work around it if a third-party defendant, such as a product manufacturer, also shared responsibility for the death.
- Dangerous products: You can win a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer of a dangerous product without proving negligence. In many cases, you can also sue other parties in the product’s chain of distribution.
- Slip-and-fall accidents: Slip-and-fall accidents may occur on the premises of a commercial establishment, in a nursing home, or at a dangerous job (construction work, for example). The elderly are particularly vulnerable.
This is just a small sample of common causes of wrongful death in Round Rock. Many types of tragic incidents can result in wrongful death.
Leave the Negotiating to Us
It is too much to ask of anyone to fight for compensation while battling debilitating grief at the same time. Leave the negotiating to us, because we know all the tricks that insurance companies and defendants like to play.
Nevertheless, all major case decisions, such as whether to accept a settlement offer, are yours to make. Meanwhile, we will try to keep life as stress-free as possible for you.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I Claim Punitive Damages in a Round Rock Wrongful Death Claim?
Texas courts allow punitive damages only in cases of fraud, malice, or gross negligence.
Suppose for example, that a commercial truck driver deliberately causes a fatal accident on Interstate 35 in a fit of “road rage.” In this case, the survivors of the victim might be able to claim punitive damages based on malice.
Can I Win My Wrongful Death Claim If the Defendant Was Acquitted of Manslaughter in the Williamson County District Court?
Yes, it is possible. The standard of proof in a civil lawsuit for money damages, “a preponderance of the evidence,” is a lot easier to meet than the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard of proof that applies to criminal cases.
Where Do I File a Lawsuit If the Accident Occurred in Round Rock?
Under most circumstances, you will file a lawsuit with the Williamson County District Court. Consult with your lawyer concerning the specific facts of your case, however, because jurisdiction rules can be confusing.
It’s Time to Get Moving
The Round Rock wrongful death lawyers at The Zimmerman Law Firm, P.C., can help you pursue your claim in more ways than a short description could possibly cover.
It is important to realize, however, that the sooner you get started, pursuing your claim, the better your chances are.
Telephone us at 254-233-8869 or contact us online for a free consultation. Don’t worry about money—we will charge you nothing until and unless we win your case and the money actually arrives.