Expert Answers to your Wrongful Death Questions
What is wrongful death?
Wrongful death is the loss of an individual’s life due to the negligence, inaction or misconduct of another. Wrongful death lawsuits are often the result of fatal injuries suffered in motor vehicle accidents, but they may also relate to defective products or medical malpractice. If you believe your family member died because of another person’s negligence, the Dallas wrongful death attorneys at Guajardo & Marks can review the circumstances of your case and advise you on your legal options.
Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Texas?
Texas wrongful death law allows surviving spouses, children and parents of the deceased to file wrongful death claims seeking damages; common-law spouses and adopted children may also file a wrongful death lawsuit and pursue compensation. There are exceptions, including for situations in which the decedent has no surviving statutory beneficiaries; the Dallas wrongful death attorneys at Guajardo & Marks can help you determine if you are eligible for a wrongful death claim.
What types of compensation can I seek in a wrongful death case?
The damages a successful wrongful death lawsuit may recover vary depending on a number of individual factors. In general, wrongful death compensation may include money for:
- Medical costs
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of benefits and inheritance
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
What factors are considered when determining wrongful death compensation?
The court considers several factors when assessing wrongful death damages, including but not limited to:
- Projected economic losses, such as income and benefits
- Extent of non economic losses, such as mental anguish
- Actual costs of medical, funeral and burial expenses
If you lost a family member due to the negligence of another, please contact our wrongful death lawyers in Dallas online or call (972) 774-9800 for your free consultation. We welcome clients from the Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, areas and nationwide.