West Texas Wrongful Death Attorneys
Our West Texas Wrongful Death Lawyers Fight for Families. Billions Won.
When a family loses a loved one, they experience one of the most difficult and painful situations that they will ever face. Sometimes, death and grieving are made extra difficult if the death was caused by the negligence of another person or entity. Wrongful death often causes the loss of income, lower quality of life, and emotional distress.
Though these times may seem hopeless, it is important to know that you may have legal options. By contacting the experienced West Texas wrongful death attorneys at Arnold & Itkin, you will be taking the first step to getting the help that you deserve. We know how difficult this time is—call us to find out how we can help you.
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent actions of another, call our West Texas wrongful death attorneys at (888) 493-1629. Our legal team is ready to listen to your story and provide you with a consultation at no cost.
When to File a Wrongful Death Claim
A wrongful death occurs when the negligence of an individual or company causes a person’s untimely death. When a person is killed, they often leave behind family members who relied on them for financial support. These family members can pursue at-fault parties for damages caused by the wrongful death of their relative.
Negligent parties must be held accountable for their actions—especially when they’ve caused the death of an innocent person. Even if those responsible for the death are already facing criminal charges, it is still possible to hold them accountable in civil court. If the responsible party is a corporation, the only way they will face punishment is through a civil claim. A wrongful death claim is like a personal injury claim, except wrongful death claims are filed for the damages caused by a person's death, not by a person's injuries.
Wrongful Death FAQs
How Do I Know If I Have a Wrongful Death Case?
Wrongful death describes anytime a person dies due to the fault of another. Whether the death is caused by negligence, recklessness, or willful action, a responsible party may be sued for compensation in a wrongful death case.
In Texas, family members have up to two years from the date of the death to file a wrongful death claim. However, only certain family members are able to make a claim.
To file a wrongful death claim, you must be one of the following to the victim:
- A spouse
- A child
- A parent
- A sibling
- A grandparent
Notably, spouses and children are given priority in a wrongful death case. If the decedent has no children or spouses, the ability to make a claim transfers to parents, siblings, or grandparents. If an individual does not have family members, the executor of their estate is able to pursue economic damages.
What Can Be Claimed in a Wrongful Death Case?
Texas is like other states regarding what it allows to be claimed by family members of a person who has been wrongfully killed. These damages are split into two categories: economic and non-economic losses
Economic losses include the following:
- Medical bills incurred while the individual was receiving emergency treatment for the cause of their 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
Non-economic losses include the following:
- Emotional suffering of family members
- Pain and suffering experienced by the decedent before their passing
What Situations Cause a Wrongful Death?
What is considered a wrongful death and who can be held responsible for a person's death must meet certain criteria. Claimants must be able to prove that their loved one was killed wrongfully.
Instances in which a wrongful death may happen include the following:
- Car accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Assault or other criminal actions
- Premises liability such as drowning or a lack of security
- Defective drugs
- Defective products
Those able to make a wrongful death claim must remember that Texas puts a time limit on the ability to file a claim. This means that action must be taken quickly to recover the losses that happen after a family member passes away due to the actions of another person. Though these times are difficult, it is critical to contact an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible for assistance.
Contact Arnold & Itkin’s West Texas Wrongful Death Attorneys Today
Arnold & Itkin is a law firm that is built on the principle of fighting for the best possible results for our clients. While many firms focus on taking as many cases as possible, we pour our resources into every case we take and make it a personal fight. This has resulted in victories for clients that total billions of dollars.
If you have lost a loved one due to the purposeful, neglectful, or reckless action of another, there is hope for compensation. Once you call our firm, we will begin building a strong case that will seek to hold the proper parties responsible while providing the compensation that you need for these difficult times.
Call our wrongful death attorneys in West Texas today at (888) 493-1629 for a free consultation. If we take your case, you do not pay unless we win compensation for you!