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Wrongful Death

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Dallas Wrongful Death Lawyer

A wrongful death lawyer represents the family of a person who was killed because of the negligence of another person.  The wrongful death lawyer seeks to recover monetary damages for the family.

What is wrongful death?

Accidental death is inevitable. In fact, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention Reports that in 2013 there were 130,557 unintentional injury deaths. These deaths are wrongful death if they occurred because of the wrongful act, neglect, negligence, carelessness, and unskillfulness of another person. Wrongful deaths can arise from car accidents, 18-wheeler accidents, work-related accidents, defective products, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, and many more scenarios.

Wrongful death differs from homicide in that wrongful death lawsuits are brought in civil court by a wrongful death lawyer whereas homicide cases are brought in criminal cases. Often, a criminal defendant can face a wrongful death lawsuit.

We represent families of people who were wrongfully killed because of the negligence of other people.  We seek monetary damages for these families.

Depending on the law of the state where the death occurred, wrongful death lawsuits can be brought by a decedent’s former spouse, parents, children, or in some states, anyone appointed the decedent’s personal representative.   A skilled Dallas wrongful death lawyer can help you recover damages if a member of your family was killed wrongfully.

Damages

A wrongful death lawsuit seeks to obtain compensation for the family from the death of the loved one.  Damages include typically include medical and funeral expenses, loss of companionship, loss of inheritance, mental anguish and other damages. In some cases, punitive damages are available when there is gross negligence.

Statute of Limitations

Every state has pre-determined how much time a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed following the death of a person.  This time limit is called the statute of limitations.  The lawsuit cannot be filed after this amount of time has elapsed. For example, in Texas, a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two years of the person’s death. § 16.003(b) of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code.  Call us today at: (214) 725-0254