Dallas Wrongful Death Attorneys
Passionate & Kind Representation for Texas Families
Losing a loved one in an accident is tragic and painful—something we don’t need to tell you. If you are reading this page, you probably have already experienced the pain of loss. No one can describe or measure your pain: it is yours alone.
At Aldous \ Walker, our hearts go out to you during this time. We want to stand with you and to help protect your rights. We have years of experience—Attorney Charla Aldous alone has tried over 200 cases.
The factors that set our firm apart, however, go above and beyond our experience levels. We are knowledgeable, yes, and experienced. But most importantly, we are passionate. We believe in our work, and we believe in our clients.
We treat our clients like family and we fight for the results they deserve because we care.
"The care and concern from the Aldous/Walker Team comforted us in our loss. They doggedly researched our case and answered questions that gave us closure." - H.S. & D.S.
What is Wrongful Death?
Texas law defines wrongful death as the "wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default" of one person that results in the death of another.
This can refer to any number of circumstances, including those involving:
- Birth injury
- Medical malpractice
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Defective products
If your loved one was killed in an accident, speak with a Dallas wrongful death attorney about the legal ramifications of your case. You could be entitled to compensation.
Who Can File for Wrongful Death in Texas?
The surviving family members who can file a wrongful death lawsuit are the spouse, children, or parents of the deceased. This also includes adopted children and the parents of adopted children, if they are legally adopted. Unfortunately, siblings are not eligible to file a wrongful death claim under Texas law.
If, after three months, the surviving family members have not filed a wrongful death claim, then the representative or executor of the deceased's estate can file a claim on the deceased's behalf.
Types of Damages in a Wrongful Death Case
The damages you may receive fall under three different categories. This includes from the time of the accident to the time of the death, the expenses to be incurred after the death, and potential loss of consortium.
- From the Accident to the Time of Death: The expenses that add up after the accident until the time of death may be covered in a wrongful death lawsuit. This may include medical expenses, lost wages, and expenses related to the funeral and burial. It can also cover mental and physical pain and suffering.
- After the Death: This awards surviving spouses and children with damages that the decedent may have generated had he or she been alive. This includes lost wages that the individual would have earned.
- Loss of Consortium: This may not always apply to a case, but if a spouse or immediate family member is deprived of love, support, and companionship, the court may approve loss of consortium damages.
If the person responsible for the death acted in a reckless or intentional manner, punitive damages may also be awarded. If you lost someone due to the negligence of another person or entity, call our firm. Our wrongful death attorneys at Aldous \ Walker are ready to help you move forward with your claim and help you seek justice.
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Why Pursue Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim?
After the loss of a loved one, it may seem like an insult to your loved one's memory to seek financial compensation. We at Aldous \ Walker would never suggest that any amount of compensation could replace the family member you lost. We know the pain you are experiencing cannot be eased with money. Our only goal is to ensure you are not overwhelmed with medical bills, funeral bills, or other expenses that resulted from your loved one's death.
Losing a loved one is brutal: achieving justice on his or her behalf could help you find some peace, knowing that what happened to your loved one won’t happen to anyone else. Addressing the financial aspect of your loss means you can focus on being with your family and on healing—not on the financial hardship it has caused.
Call our Dallas wrongful death lawyers today at (214) 307-6307 for a free case review.
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