Wrongful death is one of the most devastating events that could happen to someone. It can happen to anyone. Wrongful death occurs when an accident victim dies because of the negligence of another party. The most common accidents that result in wrongful death include accidents with semi-trucks or delivery trucks, drunk driving accidents, car accidents, hit and run accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, accidents that happen on a construction site, motorcycle accidents, hospital or nursing home negligence, and medical malpractice.
There are times when a survivor of the victim may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. What must be proven in Texas wrongful death lawsuits in order for the survivor to win?
Texas has a wrongful death statute that sets the criteria related to these lawsuits. There are only certain individuals who may file a wrongful death lawsuit. The plaintiff must meet one of the qualifications:
Wrongful death lawsuits must be filed within two years of the date of death. Past that time period, the statute of limitations runs out. If it does, you may not be able to bring the lawsuit unless you meet one of the following exceptions:
To prove wrongful death, the plaintiff must establish that the defendant’s negligence caused the death to occur. A Texas wrongful death lawyer helps the plaintiff prove:
In certain instances, the plaintiff may also qualify to receive financial compensation for loss of companionship and other mental anguish they’ve experienced as a result of the death.
Although Texas wrongful death cases are civil claims, that doesn’t make them easy. To help plaintiffs receive the compensation they deserve for their loss, you need an experienced and skilled wrongful death lawyer. These sorts of cases can get extremely complicated and are emotionally draining for the plaintiff. The Law Office of Julie Johnson has spent the last 25 years helping wrongful death families get the justice and compensation they deserve for their losses. If you believe that you have a valid wrongful death claim, call us now at 214-290-8001. We’re available 24/7 and your first consultation is free. We’re happy to talk with you and help you learn whether you have a wrongful death claim. If you do, we want to help you protect your legal rights.