Under any circumstance, the loss of a loved one’s life is devastating. For most, losing a friend or family member is life’s most painful experience. The knowledge that a loved one died because of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing only magnifies that pain. Although no amount of money can bring that person back, hiring an injury lawyer can provide you with justice for your loss and prevent other individuals from suffering injury or death in the future. Personal injury laws are very confusing and difficult to understand unless you are an experienced lawyer who handles these types of cases on a daily basis. If you or someone you know has a wrongful death or catastrophic injury case, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to protect your rights. At Shamieh Law, we provide free consultations to evaluate your potential case and help you in anyway we can.
What is a wrongful death?
A wrongful death is defined as the loss of life to a person as a result of another’s actions. It does not matter if the act was intentional, reckless, or criminal. This means that a defendant does not have to be convicted of criminal charges for a family to pursue civil action to obtain compensation for your losses and punish the wrongdoers for their actions.
What will a wrongful death attorney accomplish? A defendant does not have to be convicted of criminal charges for a family to pursue civil action to obtain compensation for your losses and punish the wrongdoers for their actions.
A defendant does not have to be convicted of criminal charges for a family to pursue civil action to obtain compensation for your losses and punish the wrongdoers for their actions.
A wrongful death attorney has three objectives.
First, the attorney will seek damages (in the form of money) from any wrongdoer who has caused or contributed to the victim’s death to help you get back on your feet. Often times, a death in the family causes significant bills to be incurred such as funeral, medical, and lost wages from the person who died. You should not be forced to pay for someone else’s negligence.
Second, the lawyer will seek to punish the defendants for their actions to prevent them from engaging in similar conduct in the future.
Finally, by forcing the company or individual to change their safety measures or actions, a wrongful death attorney will attempt to protect others from undergoing similar injuries or death.
Who can be responsible for a wrongful death?
A wrongful death attorney can help you file a claim against any person or company that was legally at fault for a person’s death. This may include individuals, corporations, local businesses, trucking companies, government institutions, medical doctors, and hospitals, to name a few.
What can you receive through a wrongful death lawsuit?
Once an individual or entity is held to be liable for your loved one’s death, your wrongful death attorney will seek compensation for one of or a combination of damages including: pain and suffering, past medical/funeral expenses, loss of financial support, loss of earning capacity, loss of consortium, emotional distress, and potentially punitive damages (damages that seek to punish the individual or company for their negligent acts).
Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?
The potential plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit include the surviving spouse of a victim, as well as his or her children and parents. Family members can also pursue damages on behalf of the deceased victim in a “survival action.” For example, family members can recover damages such as pain and suffering endured by the victim before death and any outstanding medical bills. A plaintiff in a wrongful death action must prove that the defendant committed a “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default” in causing the victim’s death. Thus, there are many types of situations that could result in a legitimate wrongful death claim, including motor vehicle collisions, plant explosions, oil field accidents, medical malpractice, workplace injuries, home accidents, and even criminal acts. However, wrongful death lawsuits must be timely filed and often involve a lengthy investigation. It is vital to contact an experienced law firm to immediately start investigating the case, gathering evidence, and taking steps to maximize your case.
Shamieh Law handles wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases all over the country. The firm has two office locations to cater to Texas and Louisiana clientele. The firm differentiates itself by delivering excellent service and results. They treat each client as a family member.
Shamieh Law is owned and managed by Ramez Shamieh. Hailing from Lake Charles, Louisiana, Ramez relocated to Dallas in 1999, where he has resided ever since. He attended Southern Methodist University, graduating cum laude from the SMU Cox School of Business. Ramez then earned his law degree from Tulane University Law School in 2007. For more than a decade, Ramez Shamieh has tirelessly devoted his life to helping clients who have been injured or killed as the result of someone’s negligence. As a result of his hard work and success, several organizations have recognized Ramez as a leader in the legal community.
Ramez has been awarded D Magazine’s Best Lawyers Under 40 in 2018. Additionally, Ramez has been named to the Super Lawyers Rising Star list five years in a row (2014-2018), which only includes the top 2.5 percent of attorneys under 40 in Texas. Texas Lawyers Magazine recently named Ramez as one of only 20 attorneys in the entire state of Texas as a “Lawyer on the Rise.” Ramez is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum which requires attorneys to obtain settlements or verdicts that exceed seven figures. Ramez Shamieh is a member of Highland Park Methodist Church, and is married to Anissa Shamieh. They recently adopted a mini labradoodle named Zizeaux.