Losing a loved one is always hard, and the attorneys at the Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm know that it can be particularly devastating when it occurs due to another party’s negligence that was completely preventable. As the dust begins to settle in the aftermath of your family’s tragedy, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover financial compensation and hold at-fault parties accountable for the devastation they have caused.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
As your attorney will explain, only certain people are eligible to file a wrongful death claim:
- The surviving spouse of the victim
- A surviving adult or minor biological or adopted child of the victim
- The surviving biological or adopted parent(s) of the victim
- The personal representative of the victim’s estate
Delays Can Cost You
If you fit into one of the above categories, the next step is to determine how long ago the wrongful death in Dallas occurred. In Texas, the Statute of Limitations for wrongful death claims is two years. This means that you need to file your lawsuit within two years of the victim’s death, or else you may lose your right to pursue legal action. That being said, there are some exceptions to this time limit, so we always recommend speaking with an attorney as your first step.
How a Wrongful Death Attorney Can Serve You and Your Family
Determining who is eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit is often complex. A qualified Dallas personal injury attorney will help you determine your eligibility to file a claim, evaluate the strength of the evidence in your case, and calculate which types of damages and how much financial compensation to seek in your claim.
Some of the more common categories of damages in wrongful death cases include the following:
- All medical fees and expenses related to the injury that resulted in your loved one’s tragic death
- Burial and funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering resulting from the victim’s death
- Loss of the victim’s expected future income. This can also apply if there was a period of time between the injury and the victim’s death wherein the victim was unable to work.
- Loss of inheritance or expected financial gifts
- Loss of benefits such as health insurance
- Loss of companionship
- Punitive damages are on occasion awarded in cases where the defendant’s conduct was particularly egregious. The courts here in Texas award punitive damages in order to deter society at large from conduct similar to the defendant’s
98 Percent Success Rate
Since we first launched over 30 years ago, the wrongful death lawyers at the Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm have developed a reputation as one of the top personal injury firms in all of Texas. Our clients always come first, and we have a track record of success that speaks for itself: we win 98% of the cases we take on.
If you have questions about wrongful death lawsuits, call Reyes Browne Reilley anytime, 24/7, to schedule your free case review.