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 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.
Our firm understands what you're going through, and our El Paso wrongful death attorneys can work to ensure that you and your family are rightfully compensated for your loss. Contact us today!
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed against any individual or business entity that is 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:
- Car accidents caused by drunk driving, texting, or other careless distractions
- Workplace accidents caused by lack of training or supervision
- Assaults, attacks, or other criminal actions that led to death
- Malpractice by a doctor failed to identify or treat an ailment correctly
- Drowning accidents due to property damage/premises liability
- Defective products or drugs that caused the user to suffer death
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 other financial losses associated with their death.
- Non-Economic Damages—This includes damages such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of inheritance, and loss of consortium.
- Punitive Damages—There are cases where you can be awarded in addition to economic and non-economic damages as a way of punishing the responsible parties for willful negligent acts. Punitive damages can help prevent other families from experiencing the same loss you're feeling.
Wrongful Death FAQs
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim can be 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 common jurisdiction. 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 been persecuted with criminal charges, there is still a chance to 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 kind of 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. During a free consultation with Arnold & Itkin, we can talk to you about your loss and what legal options you have.
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. Children, spouses, parents, siblings, parents of unmarried children, and other dependents may come forward with wrongful death suits in Texas. 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 determine if you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim, you should consult with an attorney.
To learn more about wrongful death in Texas, visit Sec. 71 of the Civil Practice & remedies Code.
What Damages Are Recoverable in an El Paso Wrongful Death Claim?
No monetary compensation will bring back your loved one or repair the pain you are feeling. It can, however, help you and your family move forward and heal without the stress of finding a new job . You have the right to recover financial compensation for three general types of damages, depending on the applicable laws of the state where the lawsuit is filed: economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages.
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If you have recently lost someone you love in an accident, there is hope for you to get your life back on track. Our team of El Paso wrongful death lawyers works tirelessly to ensure that you receive the best possible results for your case. Regardless of how the incident occurred, we have the experience you need to investigate your claim and properly take the necessary legal steps. Our attorneys have guided thousands of families with their wrongful death cases, and we have recovered billions of dollars on their behalf.
Our El Paso personal injury lawyers are proven courtroom warriors who have won record-setting verdicts, totaling over $10 billion. We believe it is our responsibility to protect our clients, and we are determined to get the best possible results in every case. We welcome you to learn about our firm and our past victories.
Give our El Paso wrongful death attorneys a call today for a free case review: (888) 493-1629!