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Midland-Odessa Wrongful Death Attorneys

Our Midland-Odessa Wrongful Death Lawyers Have Won Billions for Clients

When a loved one is killed by the negligent behavior of another, family members are forced to contend with grief, financial instability, and uncertainty about the future all at once. No one should experience the wrongful death of a family member; the companies or people at fault for your loved one's death need to be held accountable to ensure your family is taken care of, while making sure what happened to you never happens to anyone else.

The Midland-Odessa wrongful death attorneys at Arnold & Itkin LLP represent grieving spouses, children, and parents against negligent companies and individuals. We've recovered billions of dollars in lost wages, medical costs, and other damages for our clients, helping them grieve without fear of the future. If you want someone to answer for your loved one's death, we can help. No matter what.

Contact our Midland-Odessa wrongful death attorneys at (888) 493-1629 for a free consultation.

Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Midland-Odessa

A wrongful death occurs when a person is killed by the negligence of another person or entity. Wrongful death claims are handled similarly to personal injury cases, except they are brought by the relatives and dependents of the deceased person. Damages sought in wrongful death claims often include lost wages that would otherwise have been earned by the deceased person, medical costs if the person required treatment before their death, and some measure of compensation for grief (e.g. loss of companionship, loss of consortium). In many cases, wrongful death can also result in punitive damages or damages for emotional distress.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Midland-Odessa

Not everyone can file a claim. Only close relatives can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Midland-Odessa:

  • Spouses
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • The person in charge of the decedent’s estate

Grounds for a Midland-Odessa Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Texas law dictates that a wrongful death must be caused by the “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default” of a person or entity. If a person needs to file a wrongful death lawsuit, they must do so within two years of the victim’s death.

There are two keys to a wrongful death lawsuit, which the plaintiff must prove:

  • The victim's death was caused by the defendant, through negligence or an intentional act; and
  • The victim's family suffered financial and/or emotional damages as a result.

The burden of proof in a wrongful death lawsuit in Midland-Odessa is not as strict as it is for a criminal case. You have probably heard of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, but this only applies in criminal court. In civil court, where wrongful death lawsuits are filed, the burden of proof is based on a preponderance of the evidence. The plaintiff (in this case, the family of the decedent) must prove it is more than likely true that their loss was caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of the defendant (the at-fault party). If a jury is involved, the verdict does not need to be unanimous. The wrongful death ruling will be determined by the majority of jurors.

Wrongful Death FAQ

What Can Be Claimed in a Wrongful Death Suit?

Since wrongful deaths are treated similarly to Midland-Odessa personal injury cases, economic losses are a part of the claim. However, family members may also claim emotional distress during a wrongful death claim, as well as punitive damages in order to incentivize the at-fault party to change their ways. Damages that can be claimed in a wrongful death case may include medical costs related to the cause of their death, funeral expenses, lost wages and benefits that the individual would have made if still alive, services that the individual would have provided, and the emotional suffering of surviving family members.

What Are the Causes of a Wrongful Death?

Midland-Odessa has a booming oil economy. Each day, workers are placed at risk from toxic substances and dangerous machinery. Workers may die in the oilfield because their employers or other people act negligently, either by failing to provide maintenance or training or through unsafe practices. However, wrongful death isn't limited to dangerous occupations; people can die from negligence in nearly any context. Car accidents, workplace accidents, unsafe property grounds, defective drugs, and defective products can all cause wrongful deaths.

Do I Need a Lawyer for My WRongful Death Lawsuit in Midland-Odessa?

If you want to take legal action after the loss of a loved one, your best bet is to work with an attorney who has experience with wrongful death lawsuits in your area. Trying to deal with the insurance company and other parties can be frustrating, overwhelming, and downright impossible. A competent wrongful death lawyer will know exactly how to deal with the insurance adjuster and all other interested parties, so you and your family have the opportunity to get the answers you need and the full compensation you deserve.

Is There a Time LImit That Applies to Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Midland, TX?

Yes, there is a statute of limitations on wrongful death lawsuits in Texas, which will apply to a case filed in Midland, Odessa, or the surrounding areas. Your wrongful death attorney should take the necessary steps to make sure you do not miss this deadline, as that could nullify your ability to file your case. You have two years from the date of your loved one's death to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Midland-Odessa.

Contact Our Midland-Odessa Wrongful Death Attorneys Today

If you are struggling emotionally and financially after losing your loved one, contact our wrongful death attorneys to find out how we can fight for your compensation. Our attorneys have won billions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for clients during some of the most difficult times of their lives. Arnold & Itkin has a history of getting results against some of the largest, most well-prepared companies in the world. Our clients do not pay unless we win their case, so there's no risk or upfront cost to hiring us.

Contact Arnold & Itkin’s Midland-Odessa wrongful death attorneys to find out if you can file a claim. Your consultation is free when you call (888) 493-1629.

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  • $8 Billion Top 3 Largest Jury Verdict in U.S. History Arnold & Itkin LLP tried a Risperdal case against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn about one of the drug’s most damaging side effects: gynecomastia. Our skill, hard work, and dedication resulted in the third-largest jury verdict ever obtained ...
  • $357 Million Largest Workplace Accident Settlement in Texas history Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a massive nine-figure settlement against a transnational corporation for a workplace incident. The settlement set a Texas record for being the largest personal injury settlement in the state’s history.
  • $222 Million Record-Breaking Verdict for Widow Our firm won $222 million for a woman who lost her husband in an industrial accident caused by a faulty valve. We took the case to trial because the at-fault company refused to take responsibility. The jury saw through the corporate lies and double ...
  • $205 Million Confidential Settlement Obtained for Numerous Clients Arnold & Itkin reached a record $205,000,000 settlement on behalf of clients after several years of hard-fought litigation. The case settled just before trial was set to begin.
  • $139 Million Massive Settlement Achieved for Victims of an Oilfield Incident Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a huge $139,000,000 settlement for injured families affected by an oilfield incident in the eastern United States, settling one week before trial.
  • $117 Million Largest Single-Event Personal Injury Verdict in Louisiana History Arnold & Itkin represented a pregnant woman who experienced stomach pain and called Acadian Ambulance. The driver of the ambulance drove the ambulance into the back of a sugar cane truck causing the plaintiff's spine to be severed at T4 and for her ...
  • $116 Million Confidential Settlement Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a massive nine figure settlement on behalf of their clients after several years of hard fought litigation.
  • $110 Million Record Settlement Achieved for Victims of Defective Products Arnold & Itkin obtained a record settlement for individuals harmed by defective, dangerous products. The result exemplifies our commitment to clients and justice for those seriously injured by the conduct of others.
  • $105 Million Record Settlement for Dangerous Product Victims Arnold & Itkin’s legal team helped represent those harmed by dangerous products. We were successful in recovering a $105 million settlement.
  • $97 Million Massive Settlement Secured for Refinery Workers Arnold & Itkin is proud to share that after months of preparation for trial, our firm was able to secure a huge settlement for clients who were injured in a refinery fire. Find out more now.
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