Lewisville Wrongful Death Lawyers
Legal Representation After a Fatal Accident
After the death of a loved one, settling your financial and legal affairs is the last thing on your mind. You need time to mourn, to recover mentally and emotionally from such a great loss. The compassionate Texas wrongful death attorneys at Steele Law, P.C. can help by handling such matters while you take time to grieve and care for yourself. We will protect you from unscrupulous parties that wish to take advantage of you in your most vulnerable moment for their benefit. We will also ensure that you receive the full compensation you are entitled to so you will have the means to cover funeral arrangements and other expenses. For a free consultation, please call us today at (214) 333-4357.
Wrongful Death Case Results
- Wrongful Death - Nursing Home Negligence Case;
Cause No. 00B-102; Henderson County, Texas
- Wrongful Death - Electrocution Case:
Cause NO. CC-00-7116-C; Dallas County, Texas
- Wrongful Death - Auto Accident Case;
Cause No. 352-186774-01; Tarrant County, Texas
- Wrongful Death - Auto Accident Case;
Cause No. 04‑05881‑B; Dallas County, Texas
The State Bar of Texas has placed limitations on an attorney's publication of the amounts of settlements and verdicts reached in a particular case; therefore, the specific settlement or judgment amount is not listed for these representative cases.
What Constitutes Wrongful Death in Texas?
According to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Title 4, Chapter 71, "a person is liable for damages arising from an injury that causes an individual's death if the injury was caused by the person's ... wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default." Under this statute, the legal spouse, parent, or child of an individual who was killed due to another party's actions may recover damages through a wrongful death lawsuit.
Individuals who bring about a person's death through criminal actions may face a wrongful death lawsuit in addition to a criminal case. Although not all actions that result in death are considered to be criminal, nearly all criminal acts that result in death can be faced with a wrongful death claim.
What Damages Are Awarded in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In order to qualify for damages in a wrongful death lawsuit, the claimant must be able to prove that s/he is a statutory beneficiary of the decedent (legal spouse, child, or parent) and that the defendant's negligent and/or intentional actions directly led to the death of the decedent. S/he may be awarded the following damages depending on the circumstances:
- Funeral costs
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of maintenance, services, support, advice, and counsel
- Related medical costs incurred by your loved one prior to their death
- Mental anguish
- Loss of love, comfort, companionship, and society
- Loss of inheritance
Exemplary damages may be recovered if the defendant committed an gross negligence, or an intentional act that led to the death of the decedent.
What Is the Statute of Limitations on Wrongful Death in Texas?
In Texas, the spouse, child, or parent of a decedent may file a wrongful death claim within two years of the date of death. If the statute of limitations expires and no claim has been brought forward, any and all claimants completely surrender their right to pursuing compensation. It is highly advised that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you do not miss out on the opportunity to collect damages after the death of a loved one.
Helping Families Find Peace
At Steele Law, P.C., we pride ourselves on giving personal attention to each and every client. As your representatives, we take the time to get to know you. We will learn about the impact your loss has had on you and your family. We will listen to your needs and your concerns.
Our legal team will work to efficiently and effectively resolve your claim. We will seek compensation for your loss, any medical bills, funeral expenses, and other costs, such as the loss of support that your loved one provided.
We will patiently explain the steps that will be involved in bringing a wrongful death case. You will remain involved in the process. We will not leave you in the dark, but instead, we will give you regular updates about the status of your case.
For a free consultation with a Lewisville personal injury lawyer, contact us at (214) 333-4357 today.