When you got the phone call that your loved one had been killed, you were probably too shocked to properly process the information. In the immediate aftermath of a death, it is often impossible to fully understand what happened or who may be to blame. As the reality sinks in, however, you may come to realize that your loved one’s death was directly caused by another person’s actions. If you and your family have suffered financial or emotional losses because of the death, you may be able to recover damages from the at-fault party through a wrongful death lawsuit.
When you call the Button Law Firm following the death of a family member in a car crash, workplace accident, or because of a dangerous product, we will help you understand whether you are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Texas and if you have a legitimate claim. You can rest assured that we will handle your case with all the sympathy and understanding it deserves, and we will not steer you in the wrong direction.
When Can a Survivor File a Wrongful Death Claim?
When a person is found to be legally liable for the death of another, he may be held accountable by the victim’s family through a wrongful death claim. These claims may be brought against a person for a negligent act or for a criminal act, regardless of whether he is also being charged with a crime. Possible causes of death that could lead to a wrongful death claim include:
- Motor vehicle accident. If a person is injured in a car crash and the other driver was found to be at fault, the victim could sue the driver to recover medical expenses and other damages. If the victim is killed in the car crash, however, a family member may be able to sue the at-fault driver for his or her losses. Car, truck, and motorcycle crashes are common grounds for wrongful death claims.
- Workplace accident. Many different kinds of jobs expose workers to danger and employers are required by law to have certain protections in place. When an employer fails to provide a safe environment and a worker is killed while performing job duties—including driving a car or truck—survivors may be able to sue the employer for wrongful death.
- Dangerous product. When a commercial product fails in some way and a user is killed, the designer or manufacturer of the product can be held accountable through a wrongful death lawsuit. Defective auto parts, unsafe baby furniture, and dangerous children’s toys have all led to tragic deaths. When a loved one is killed by a dangerous product, a wrongful death attorney can determine who is liable and pursue justice for the survivors.
- Negligent security. If a loved one is murdered in a place such as a college campus, parking garage, or shopping center, the property owner may be sued for negligent security if it is proven that the attack could have been prevented with better security measures in place. This type of wrongful death falls under premises liability.
- Other causes. Any death caused by another person can become grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. If a loved one dies from injuries sustained in a fight, for example, the other party could be held liable. Even when criminal charges are brought against a person for homicide, the victim’s family could also sue for wrongful death.
If you are suffering financially and emotionally after a family member was killed by another person’s actions, contact Russell Button to find out if you have cause to bring a wrongful death suit against the liable party and how long you will have to file the claim.
What Damages Can Be Awarded for Wrongful Death in Texas?
Wrongful death damages aren’t about profiting from the loss of a loved one—far from it. Money awarded in a wrongful death claim is intended to cover any medical costs the victim may have incurred before death and to compensate the victim’s family for future lost income. Damages for the following may also be awarded:
- Loss of any inheritance as a result of the death
- Value of the services that the deceased would have provided
- Loss of care, guidance, and nurturing that the deceased would have provided
- Loss of love and companionship
- Loss of consortium
If you are a family member of the deceased or other eligible party, you will need the help and guidance of an experienced wrongful death attorney to seek these damages. You may also have cause to file a survival action to collect additional damages on behalf of the deceased loved one.
We Will Help You Seek Justice for the Wrongful Death of a Loved One
When another person’s actions have resulted in the death of a family member, call the Button Law Firm. We will get to work immediately to prove your claim and seek the compensation you deserve. We are committed to making our community safer by holding negligent people accountable for their actions. Connect with us through the link on this page or call us at 214-888-2216.