Compensation For A Wrongful Death
The unexpected loss of a loved one can be an excruciating experience. However, the pain and suffering associated with a premature passing is that much worse when the death is caused by the negligent acts of another ― in which case you may be entitled to bring a wrongful death suit.
At McElyea Law, we understand just how difficult it can be to lose a family member, which is why we approach wrongful death cases with compassion, sympathy and professionalism. Under the guidance of attorney Tom McElyea, we will help explain your rights as well as your legal options, including whether you may have a survival action in addition to your wrongful death claim. Let McElyea Law assist you through this difficult legal process so you can focus on healing your emotional wounds.
The Basics Of Wrongful Death Claims
In Texas, wrongful death claims are typically governed by the state’s Wrongful Death Act, which states that a person is liable for damages if he or she negligently causes another individual’s unlawful death.
For instance, if a negligent driver causes a serious motor vehicle accident, which in turn leads to a victim’s death, a wrongful death claim may exist. However, it should be noted that only the victim’s spouse, children or parents can bring an action under this particular law.
Even though every wrongful death case is different, the potential damages for a successful claim may include compensation for:
- Financial losses, including the loss of the victim’s earning capacity
- Mental anguish, including emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship and love
- Loss of inheritance, including an amount the victim would have likely saved and left to his family in the event of his or her natural death
Exemplary damages ― also known as punitive damages ― may also be available if the victim’s death is caused by gross negligence or a willful act.
As with any other areas of personal injury law in Texas, wrongful death cases can be complex, which is why it is best to contact an experienced injury lawyer for guidance.
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Contact McElyea Law today if you would like to speak to a skilled wrongful death attorney. We serve clients throughout Tarrant County and the surrounding areas, including those living in Southlake, Arlington, Colleyville and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. You can call us at 817-754-1570 or reach out to us online.