Fort Worth Wrongful Death Attorneys
Legal Action Can Help You Grieve
It is important to allow yourself to grieve fully and healthily after you lose a loved one to an accident. Although it might not be the first thing on your mind, filing a wrongful death claim against the party that caused you so much harm could actually help you with your grieving process. A successful claim can bring you financial stability again, which lets you focus on your emotions and on taking care of other family members and friends who need support, too.
Our Fort Worth wrongful death lawyers from Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers would be honored to help you understand and use your legal rights during such a trying time. While you take care of yourself, we can advance your case on your behalf. Let us deal with insurance companies, legal questions, and other miscellaneous processes to make your case the best that it can be. You just focus on other important matters.
Wrongful Death Defined in the Law
Under Texas law, a death is considered a “wrongful death” if it was caused by a person’s “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default.” In so many words, this law means that a death is wrongful and can be met with a civil injury claim if it occurred due to someone else’s mistake or intentional wrongdoing. Another way to think about it is this: If the deceased person had survived their injury or illness and been able to file a personal injury claim against the liable party, then the family members of that deceased person can file a wrongful death claim because they did not.
Can You File a Wrongful Death Claim?
In Texas, the following parties can file a wrongful death claim:
- Surviving spouse
- Surviving child
- Surviving parent
Typically, one such person will file the wrongful death claim on behalf of all eligible parties and claimants. If the case is a success, then any proceeds that do not go to the deceased person’s estate will go to the claimants as it would in a personal injury case. If no such potential claimant takes legal action within three months of the death in question, then an estate administrator can pursue the claim instead. Although, the original claimants can block legal action from an administrator or personal representative if they wish.
What Compensation Can You Receive?
It is obvious that no amount of money can undo the pain you have endured and will continue to live with after losing a loved one too soon. But it is also clear that peoples’ lives tend to get easier and more comfortable after receiving fair compensation to keep various bills from stacking up, especially when the deceased person was the family’s main source of income. We would like to sit with you to explain the various damages that could be available to you and your family through a wrongful death claim, and why you should not feel bad for wanting to pursue them.
You might be able to get an award or settlement that compensates you for these losses and more:
- Income the deceased would have earned in life
- Day-to-day and household services provided by the deceased
- Comfort and companionship you felt around the deceased
- Inheritance you will not receive due to the untimely passing
Texas wrongful death law also allows you to cite your own emotional pain and mental anguish as non-economic damage. The more you have been devastated by the loss, the more you can reasonably demand in compensation. Part of our job as your chosen legal representatives will be to ensure that you are given an amount that fairly reflects what you have been through.
Please Reach Out Today – We’re Here to Help
You only have two years since your loved one’s passing to take legal action against the negligent party that caused it. Grief makes time move quickly, so it can be surprising just how soon that statute of limitations draws nearer. To allow yourself the time to grieve without risking your chances of seeking justice and compensation through the Texas legal system, talk to our Fort Worth wrongful death attorneys today.
To make everything a bit easier for you, we offer no-cost, no-obligation case evaluations.