Lubbock Wrongful Death Attorneys
Billions Won for the Injured & Wronged
Losing a loved one is one of worst experiences a family could endure. When the death was caused by negligence, the pain might be worse knowing that their loved one's death could have been prevented. In the midst of this, families often suffer other hardships, like the loss of household income, medical expenses, funeral expenses, and emotional trauma.
When someone is killed by the negligence of another, the victim's family deserves answers. The Lubbock wrongful death lawyers at Arnold & Itkin fight for grieving families to get everything they need to move forward, including money to pay for basic needs, pay medical bills, and provide for the future. Our firm also holds negligent companies accountable, giving families the satisfaction of knowing what happened to them won't happen to anyone else. We've secured billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, including hundreds of results worth $1 million or more and dozens worth $10 million or more. We've helped thousands of families get back on their feet, so call us soon to learn your options.
Call the Lubbock wrongful death attorneys at Arnold & Itkin today at (888) 493-1629 for a free consultation. An experienced member of our legal team is ready to listen to your story and advise you on the next steps.
Wrongful Death Defined
A wrongful death occurs when a company or person exercises negligence that leads to the untimely death of another person. When someone is killed unexpectedly, they often leave people who depended on them for companionship, emotional support, and financial stability. Those suffering from the unexpected loss of a family member are entitled to compensation in certain instances.
Even if the at-fault person is already facing criminal charges, they may also face a civil suit from those their actions harmed. Wrongful death claims resemble personal injury claims. Just as with personal injury claims, wrongful death claims seek damages from neglect. However, these claims are filed by family members on behalf of the decedent.
The Rules & Definition of Wrongful Death Claims
Texas law specifically defines a wrongful death as caused by the “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default” that causes the death of another.
Texas law requires that claims are filed within two years of the day that the wrongful death occurred. Those seeking to file a wrongful death claim must be related to the person who was killed. These family members include spouses, children, parent, and grandparents of the deceased. In some instances, if no family members file a claim, the person in charge of the decedent’s estate may pursue a wrongful death case.
Wrongful Death Damages in Lubbock, TX
Texas allows family members of the deceased to seek various damages for their loss.
These damages include the following:
- Medical costs incurred by the decedent's fatal injuries prior to death
- Funeral expenses
- Lost wages that the individual would have made if still alive
- Lost benefits the individual would have received if still alive
- Services that the individual would have provided
- Emotional suffering of family members
- Pain and suffering experienced by the decedent before their passing
Causes of Wrongful Death
Wrongful deaths may occur from criminal acts as well as accidents caused by negligence. Claimants must prove that the death was caused by the defendant and that the defendant exercised some sort of disregard for the life of their loved one. Once you prove that the actions of the defendant led to your loved one's death, the jury award you punitive damages to compel the company to change its policies.
Common causes of a wrongful death include:
- Car accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Assault or other criminal actions
- Premises liability such as drowning or a lack of security
- Defective drugs
- Defective products
Wrongful Death FAQ
Who can file a wrongful death suit in Lubbock?
According to § 71.004 of Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, wrongful death lawsuits are filed "for the exclusive benefit of the surviving spouse, children, and parents of the deceased." Any of those parties may come forward and file a lawsuit against the individual or company that caused their loss. If no family members come forward within three months, however, the executor or administrator of the deceased's estate may come forward with a wrongful death lawsuit.
Is it hard to prove wrongful death?
It can be extremely difficult to prove a wrongful death, mainly because the at-fault party and their insurance company may try to do everything in their power to deny responsibility. As Lubbock wrongful death attorneys, we have seen employers claim they did nothing wrong when their desire to cut corners put dozens of workers' lives at risk. We've seen multi-billion dollar corporations try to hide behind antiquated laws designed to protect shipping companies in the 1800s.
Arnold & Itkin has the resources and determination to take on any opponent. Our wrongful death attorneys believe in helping families find answers and see justice served, and we stop at nothing to see this happen. No matter what.
What is a wrongful death lawsuit worth?
No two wrongful death cases are the same. The value of your case will depend on the financial losses and trauma you've endured, such as medical expenses, loss of support, and pain and suffering. While we know it's impossible to put a price on the loss of a family member, we also believe in setting things right by holding at-fault parties accountable and helping surviving family members recover the compensation they need to face stable futures. We are committed to pursuing the best possible outcome and highest settlement or award in every case.
Contact the Lubbock Wrongful Death Attorneys at Arnold & Itkin
Arnold & Itkin is a law firm founded on a simple truth: people who are harmed by negligence deserve compensation for their pain. We have won billions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients and are proud to provide the recovery that people need during the most difficult time in their lives. By calling one of our attorneys for a free consultation, we can discuss what happened to you, what your legal and financial options are, and what we can do to help.
There's no risk to calling us—we cover the costs of litigation for our clients upfront, helping them afford their basic needs while we investigate the death of their loved one. We take no fee unless our clients get financial relief, so there's zero cost to filing a wrongful death claim. Speak with us soon to learn more!
Contact the Lubbock wrongful death attorneys at Arnold & Itkin today for a free consultation on your case.