El Paso Wrongful Death Lawyers

Helping Grieving Families File Wrongful Death Claims in El Paso

There is nothing more difficult than losing a loved one. Losing them because of someone else's negligence can leave people not only grieving but also feeling traumatized and helpless. If you have lost a family member because of another's careless actions, contact an El Paso wrongful death lawyer as quickly as possible.

Although monetary compensation won't relieve the pain of losing your loved one, you have the right to seek justice for your loss. Wrongful death claims force at-fault parties to face the people they hurt, holding them accountable to you in a way that the criminal court system may not. Not only will you hold the parties responsible for their actions, but you can also fight for the financial security you and your family need.

Find out how our legal team might be able to help you in a free, confidential consultation. Contact Arnold & Itkin online or call (888) 493-1629 today.

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Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed against any individual or business entity responsible for causing the death of a person through negligence, wrongdoing, or intentional misconduct.

For example, the following could qualify for a wrongful death claim:

There is a statute of limitations on these cases—this means you have two years to file a wrongful death claim before it is too late to file. Contact an El Paso wrongful death attorney to determine if you can still file.

Types of Damages in an El Paso Wrongful Death Case

In Texas, you may be able to claim the following damages:

  • Economic Damages: You can receive compensation for financial damages on funeral and medical expenses related to the death, loss of the decedent's future earnings and benefits, and more.
  • Non-Economic Damages: This includes damages such as pain and suffering and mental anguish.
  • Punitive Damages: Also known as “exemplary damages”, there are cases where you can be awarded this type of compensation in addition to economic and non-economic damages, as a way of punishing the responsible parties for willful negligent acts.

What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?

A wrongful death claim is filed when a third party is responsible for the death of another person negligently or through intentional harm; the responsible parties can be held liable under the law. When a family loses a loved one because of another person's carelessness, they are entitled to receive monetary compensation. Even if the person responsible for the death of a loved one has had criminal charges filed against them, there is still a chance to also file a civil lawsuit involving a wrongful death claim. If a company rather than an individual caused the fatality, the only way to hold them accountable is to present a wrongful death claim.

How Do I Know If I Have a Case?

Although a wrongful death claim can be filed for most accidents that cause the death of another, it does not cover every incident. Wrongful death claims need to prove that a person or company caused or could have prevented a person's death and that the death left family members with economic or emotional losses. To find out if you have a case, your best option is to talk to an experienced El Paso wrongful death lawyer.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Although laws vary from state to state regarding the eligibility of the person who can file a wrongful death claim, close family members of the victims are usually the ones who have the right to file suit.

To come forward with a wrongful death suit in Texas, one must be a relative or dependent such as:

  • Children
  • Spouses
  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Parents of unmarried children

Children and spouses are given the primary right to file a wrongful death claim, so a parent, sibling, or another relative will likely not be able to file a claim if a child or spouse is pursuing one.

To learn more about wrongful death in Texas, visit Sec. 71 of the Civil Practice & Remedies Code.

Wrongful Death Claims We've Handled in the Past

We can tell you that wrongful death claims help you get answers and hold the responsible parties accountable because we've seen this play out for our clients time and again. Even when we've gone after corporations in high-profile cases, our attorneys have ensured that our clients' side of the story is heard, and that juries see through the ploys that corporations use to avoid taking responsibility.

In one case, we helped a mother secure a measure of justice for her daughter, who had been killed while in her kitchen because a crane collapsed onto her apartment, a tragedy that could easily have been prevented if the real estate developer, Greystar, had simply secured the crane appropriately. This would have been the common-sense thing to do ahead of a storm. Instead of owning up to their failure, Greystar tried to pin the blame on the crane operator, and tried to delay the case indefinitely. In spite of their tactics, we were able to win the record-breaking verdict of $860 million for our client.

The track record of our El Paso wrongful death attorneys also includes:

  • $222 million won for the widow of a worker who died from scalding injuries sustained in an industrial accident
  • $125 million recovered for the widow of a dredge worker was killed by the burn injuries sustained in an offshore explosion
  • $81 million won for two adult children suing on behalf of their deceased mother, who was killed in an accident
  • $27.7 million recovered for the family of a worker who was killed in a workplace accident
  • $12.5 million won for the family of a man who was electrocuted by a fallen power line
  • $10 million recovered within six months of filing for a fatal trucking accident
  • And many other legal victories

Contact Our Wrongful Death Lawyers in El Paso Today

Don't wait to find out if our attorneys can help you. We can discuss the details of your case confidentially in a free case review, and if we take your case, we will charge nothing upfront. In fact, we don't charge our clients a penny until we've recovered financial compensation for them. We only get paid once you do. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent or even intentional acts of a person, corporation, or any other entity, we are prepared to help you secure the answers and justice you deserve.

Contact us online today or call (888) 493-1629 to reach our wrongful death attorneys.

Common Questions

  • Can You Sue for Wrongful Death in Texas?

    Yes, you can sue for wrongful death in Texas. Under the Texas Wrongful Death Act (Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Chapter 71), surviving family members and the deceased's estate may bring a wrongful death claim when the death is caused by the negligence, carelessness, unskillfulness, or wrongful act of another party.

  • Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Texas?

    In Texas, a wrongful death suit can be filed by specific surviving family members of the deceased, as outlined in the Texas Wrongful Death Act. The eligible individuals who can file a wrongful death claim include the spouse of the deceased, children of the deceased (including legally adopted children), and parents of the deceased (including adoptive parents). Siblings and other relatives are not eligible to file in Texas. If the eligible family members do not initiate a claim within the time limit, the personal representative or executor of the deceased person's estate may file the wrongful death claim unless a family member requests explicitly that a suit not be filed.

  • Who Is Entitled to Compensation in a Texas Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

    In Texas, compensation awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit is typically distributed among the eligible surviving family members. The distribution of compensation depends on the specific circumstances of each case. The court may consider various factors, such as the extent of each family member's financial dependence on the deceased, the degree of emotional suffering, and the nature of their relationship with the deceased. In some cases, the court may award a portion of the compensation to the deceased person's estate, which can then be distributed according to the deceased's will or the state's intestacy laws if there is no valid will.

  • What Is the Average Payout for Wrongful Death in Texas?

    While it's impossible to provide an exact average payout, both settlements and jury verdicts in wrongful death cases can range from tens of thousands to millions of dollars—depending on the case's specific circumstances. It is difficult to provide a specific average payout for wrongful death cases in Texas, as each case is unique and depends on various factors. These factors include the circumstances surrounding the death, the amount of economic and non-economic damages, and the specific details of each case.

  • How Long Does a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Take in Texas?

    Generally, a wrongful death lawsuit may take several months to a few years to reach a resolution. Some cases may settle relatively quickly through negotiations, while others may require extensive investigation, discovery, and a trial, which can extend the duration of the process. The duration of a wrongful death lawsuit in Texas can vary significantly depending on the case’s specific circumstances. Several factors can influence the timeline, such as the complexity of the case, the number of parties involved, the availability of evidence, and more.

  • Is There a Deadline for Filing a Wrongful Death Claim?

    Yes, there is a deadline for filing a wrongful death claim in Texas, known as the statute of limitations. In general, the statute of limitations for Texas wrongful death claims is two years from the date of the deceased person's death. There may be some exceptions to this, such as when the claim involves a minor or if the defendant's wrongful act was fraudulently concealed. However, these exceptions are rare, and it is essential to consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to ensure your case is filed within the required time frame.

  • What Is the Time Limit for Wrongful Death in Texas?

    In Texas, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim is generally two years from the date of the individual's death. This legal timeframe is crucial as it sets the period within which the deceased's family or estate representatives must initiate legal action against those responsible for the death. Failure to file within this period can result in the loss of the right to seek compensation through the courts.

  • What Damages Are Available in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

    In a wrongful death lawsuit, damages aim to compensate the deceased's family or estate for the loss and suffering resulting from their loved one's untimely death. These can include economic damages, such as lost earning capacity, medical and funeral expenses related to the deceased's final illness or injury, and loss of inheritance. Non-economic damages may also be sought, covering pain and suffering, loss of companionship and support, and mental anguish experienced by the survivors. In some cases, exemplary (punitive) damages may be awarded to punish the wrongdoer for gross negligence or willful misconduct and to deter similar behaviors in the future. The specific damages available can vary based on the case's circumstances and the relationship between the deceased and the claimants.

  • Are Punitive Damages Awarded in Wrongful Death Lawsuits?

    In wrongful death lawsuits, punitive damages, also known as exemplary damages, can be awarded, but they are not automatic. These damages are intended to punish the defendant for particularly reckless, egregious, or malicious behavior and to deter similar conduct in the future. The awarding of punitive damages is subject to specific legal standards, and claimants must present clear and convincing evidence of the defendant's gross negligence or willful misconduct. The decision to grant punitive damages rests with the court or jury and is made in addition to compensatory damages that cover economic and non-economic losses.

  • What Is the Burden of Proof in a Wrongful Death Case?

    In a wrongful death case, the burden of proof falls on the plaintiff, who must establish the defendant's liability for the deceased's death by a "preponderance of the evidence." This legal standard is lower than the "beyond a reasonable doubt" requirement used in criminal cases. To meet this burden, the plaintiff must show that it is more likely than not that the defendant's negligence or wrongful actions directly caused the death. Essentially, the evidence presented by the plaintiff must tip the balance in favor of their claims, convincingly demonstrating that the defendant's conduct resulted in the loss of life and justifying the claim for damages. This involves proving elements such as duty of care, breach of duty, causation, and damages.

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