When the negligence of someone else leads to the death of your loved one, you may be able to file a civil lawsuit against the person or entity responsible. These lawsuits, while not criminal actions, do serve to hold wrongdoers liable for their actions.
If you believe a person or entity wrongfully caused the death of your loved one, you could be entitled to compensation for your loss. At Stephens, Anderson, & Cummings, our Dallas attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the families of wrongful death victims, and we will help you pursue justice for your family.
What is a Wrongful Death?
If your loved ones death was not by natural causes, and was instead the result of someone else's wrongdoing or negligence, you may have a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil claim that seeks to hold people or entities financially responsible for a death that their actions (or inaction) caused. These cases are not criminal matters, though sometimes both criminal charges and civil wrongful death lawsuits are brought against the same person. When a party is found liable in civil court for a wrongful death, they are ordered to pay compensation to the family of the victim, but cannot be sent to jail.
Wrongful death lawsuits usually follow accidents where someone was careless or reckless. These cases are often filed after workplace accidents, auto accidents, trucking accidents, deaths caused by defective products, or deaths caused by unsafe food or drugs. Wrongful deaths also do not have to be accidental; the families of victims of intentional deaths often sue in civil court after a criminal prosecution.
Who Can Sue For Wrongful Death?
The immediate family members of the deceased have standing to sue for wrongful death in Texas. These people include the spouse, parents, or children of the victim. More distant relatives, like siblings or grandparents, normally do not have the right to sue for wrongful death. But, an experienced Texas wrongful death lawyer can review your specific situation.
Compensation for a Wrongful Death
At Stephens, Anderson & Cummings, we know that families dealing with grief aren't focused on money. However, we also know that an unexpected death can cause serious financial problems for many families. Your family should be compensated for the extra expenses and lost income suffered as a result of the wrongful death of a loved one.
Some of the damages our firm has won in wrongful death include compensation for:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses
- Lost income the deceased would have provided
- Insurance or retirement funds the deceased would have provided
- Pain and suffering of the victim
- Pain and suffering of the victims family
- Loss of emotional support and companionship
- Punitive damages
We are dedicated to helping your family get all of the compensation it deserves and the money it needs to survive after the wrongful death of a loved one.
Experienced Dallas Wrongful Death Attorneys
At Stephens, Anderson & Cummings, our results speak for themselves. Our Dallas wrongful death attorneys have represented many families just like yours, who need support while dealing with their grief and devastating loss. We know that families are suffering, which is why we offer a free consultation with an attorney who will discuss the merits of your claim. We never ask for up-front fees, and only get paid if there's a recovery on your case.
If you have lost a loved one due to someones reckless or negligent behavior, call (877) 920-9009 or fill out our case evaluation form to find out how we can help.