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San Antonio Wrongful Death Attorneys

When You Lose a Loved One in a Fatal, Preventable Accident

Toward the end of their lives, many people wish they'd spent more time with family. But what happens when you survive after losing a close family member to a fatal accident caused by another's negligence or wrongdoing? Emotionally, it's like hitting the wall. Legally, however, it's important to know what you may be entitled to take legal action by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

At The Law Offices of Tyler & Peery, we can help you understand your legal options after losing a loved one. Give us call today for a free initial consultation with one of our San Antonio wrongful death attorneys. We provide compassionate, personalized legal guidance for clients throughout Texas.

Call our office at (210) 774-6445 or contact us online to find out how we can help you.

Can You Bring A Wrongful Death Claim?

In Texas, only certain types of family relationships qualify for potential wrongful death claims. Brothers and sisters aren't included, nor are aunts, uncles, or godparents.

If, however, you lost a child, parent, or spouse to a death caused by another person’s negligence, you may be able to obtain compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit. Additionally, in some circumstances, the executor of the person who died may be able to bring a claim, depending on whether the surviving family members have done so.

Damages in Your Wrongful Death Claim

The damages that you can seek in a wrongful death claim can be quite dissimilar than the average personal injury claim. Rather than demanding compensation only for yourself, your claim may also seek compensation and justice for the deceased.

Unique damages that can be cited in a wrongful death claim include:

  • Deceased’s income they would have earned in life
  • Value of services and care regularly provided by the deceased
  • Cost of final medical care provided to the deceased in their last days
  • Funeral, burial, and wake expenses
  • Grieving suffered by the deceased’s loved ones

There is also the chance that a court could approve punitive damages in your wrongful death claim. Punitive damages are used to further punish the defendant for egregious or criminal wrongdoing that led to the deceased’s death. For example, if your loved one was killed by a drunk driver who had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level more than double the legal limit, then you could likely argue that punitive damages are justified.

Factors That Affect a Wrongful Death Claim’s Value

Each wrongful death claim is unique, and it needs to be approached with this fact in mind. Our San Antonio wrongful death lawyers always consider all angles for a wrongful death claim to accurately calculate owed damages.

The total value of your wrongful death claim will be adjusted due to the deceased’s:

  • Earning potential
  • Age and health before their accident or fatal illness
  • Liability for their accident or illness

What We Can Do for You

Wrongful death cases have many peculiarities. For example, if the death was caused by a willful act or gross negligence, punitive damages (called "exemplary" damages in Texas statutes) may be available.

Our wrongful death attorneys in San Antonio have the skills and resources to build strong claims in all types of wrongful death cases. We know how to investigate fatal accidents and other incidents that resulted in untimely death—and then take the necessary steps to identify responsible parties and hold them accountable. Our proven track record makes insurance companies treat us with respect and helps us negotiate maximum compensation for our clients.

We encourage you to contact our office today by phone at (210) 774-6445 or by completing a brief online form. Our lawyers serve clients in Bexar County and throughout Texas.

Industry Recognized
  • Top 100 Verdicts

    In 2017, Top 100 Verdicts recognized Dennis C. Peery, John N. Tyler, James Shaffer, and Anthony R. Garza-Vale as they had obtained a few of the highest Personal Injury jury verdicts in Texas.

  • Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

    Four of our attorneys are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a testament to our dedication and extensive personal injury experience.

  • Super Lawyers

    Founding partner Dennis Peery was selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers® in 2014 and has been reselected every year since 2016. No more than 5% of attorneys in Texas are selected to receive this honor.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates

    Attorney Dennis C. Peery, a founding partner at our firm, is a proud member and officer of the American Board of Trial Advocates. This organization is dedicated to improving the ethical and technical standards of practice in trial advocacy.

  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association

    All of our attorneys are proud members of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, which was founded in 1949 to empower trial attorneys throughout the state and help them provide outstanding representation to their clients.

  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

    Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ recognize attorneys for their legal services, experience, knowledge, and high ethical standards. This rating is based on client reviews and peer nominations.

  • San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association

    All of our attorneys are members – and some serve in leadership positions – of the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, an organization that connects fellow trial lawyers and promotes the public’s right to our courts and jury system.

  • The National Trial Lawyers

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40 is a professional organization composed of the top trial lawyers from each state or region who are under the age of 40.

  • Top 100 Verdicts

    In 2018, Top 100 Verdicts recognized John N. Tyler, James Shaffer, R. Craig Bettis, and Anthony R. Garza-Vale as they had obtained a few of the highest Personal Injury jury verdicts in Texas.

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