Wrongful death cases may involve serious personal injuries to other victims. This case is a prime example.
“Serious personal injury cases may involve a wrongful death and vice versa,” said Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “Either victim may come to you seeking help in filing a lawsuit, it is just that in one instance the claim would be for damages for personal injuries to pay medical bills, etc., and in the other, it would a claim for economic compensation for the loss or injury of a person.”
Take the example of a recent case that involved two vehicles meeting head on; one a fire truck, heading to an emergency, and the other a van, carrying disabled adults. Evidently, the fire engine was heading northeast on a local road when the van turned onto the road from a connecting avenue.
“The van apparently had a green light, but the fire engine, in full emergency response mode, had all its lights flashing and sirens blaring. It wasn’t something someone could miss. There is a full blown dispute over whether the engine stopped fully at the red light, as required by law, and then proceeded. In any event, the force of the impact critically injured two and killed one,” Schuelke said. It remains to be seen if the engine did stop and then moved forward because at the time, the intersection was clear and that the van turned in front of the engine.
Negligence is a required component of a wrongful death action and a personal injury accident. The outcome of the investigation into this accident will be of great interest to those families who have sustained the loss of a loved one and to those who have been critically injured as a result of the crash.
“Rarely, if ever, are accidents cut and dried and clear on the face of the evidence as to what happened. It generally requires a lot of investigation to sort out what happened and then put together a case that will secure the victim or their family an equitable award. This is why I strongly recommend that if you have been in an accident and sustained serious injuries or someone died, call my office for help. That is what I am here for; to make sure you get help when you need it,” Schuelke said.
Contact Perlmutter & Schuelke PLLC at https://www.civtrial.com or (512) 476-4944.
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