Wrongful Death

21 Jan 2019 |Dorothy Hyde

There have been seven Fort Worth police officers on desk duty ever since Christopher Lowe, 55, died while in police custody. Now, those officers are about to find out their punishments for their part on the incident.

When they responded in July to calls of a man pounding on the hood of a vehicle, they quickly apprehended Lowe. He was handcuffed and placed into a police car. News reports say that Lowe began to complain of medical issues but was ignored. Officers soon found him unresponsive and he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

According to reports, the officers face a range of disciplinary actions, from a few days’ suspension to termination.

At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we do not know the specifics of this case, but there have been many like it throughout the country. Police incidents are not the only way that the negligence of others can cause a death. If you need a Dallas wrongful death attorney, you can count on Dottie Hyde to be by your side, working diligently to recover the compensation your family needs and deserves.

What Can Happen

Wrongful death cases come about when another person’s reckless, careless, or negligent actions cause another person to lose their life. The victim’s family can bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the person, people, company, or agency they believe is responsible. Below, we will cover a few of the common ways in which we see these cases arise.

Vehicle Accidents

There were more than 14,000 people seriously injured in Texas according to statistics from the latest reporting year. Many of those were caused by extreme driver negligence. This can include distracted driving and drunk driving.

Workplace Accidents

If an employer fails to provide proper training or the necessary equipment for their workers to do their jobs and it causes someone to lose their life, they could be held accountable. There are also times when third-parties such as other contractors, do not follow the same safety standards.

Product Liability

Thousands of products are recalled each year because they pose a danger to consumers. This could be due to a labeling issue or a design/manufacturing flaw.

Medical Mistakes

Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the US and happen when a medical professional is negligent in their duties to provide a high level of care.

(Please know that this is not a complete list and you should always seek help from a qualified attorney about your specific case.)

If Something Happens

The is nothing more devastating than finding out a loved one has been killed because of the negligence of another person or agency. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we understand the pain of losing a loved one and will work with you to recover the compensation you deserve after an incident. This can include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Punitive damages against those responsible
  • Loss of future income and benefits
  • Loss of companionship
  • Pain and suffering damages

If you need a wrongful death attorney in Dallas, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.

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08 Dec 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

While we do not usually bring you stories from outside of the state, this is one we think you need to see. Recently, in Tennessee, the staff at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center were not upfront about what really killed one of their patients.

Last December, a patient was set to receive a routine sedative. Instead, a nurse administered the powerful drug vecuronium, a drug used to keep patients from moving during surgery. This is also one of the drugs used to kill people during lethal injection.

When the patient received this drug, they lost consciousness, went into cardiac arrest, and were subsequently left brain dead. They were taken off of life support the next day.

At first, the county medical examiner’s office was not told about the cause of the death. Now, an investigation is underway to expose a possible cover-up. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we know that there are a number of ways that another person’s negligence can cause people to lose their lives. If you need a Dallas wrongful death attorney, you can call us today.

How This Happens

Wrongful death cases arise when another person’s negligence, willful act, or wrongful act causes the death of another person. It is not always just one person who is responsible. Sometimes it can be a group, company, or agency.

  • Medical Malpractice
  • – As evidenced by the story above, medical mistakes can be deadly. They kill at least 250,000 people a year and are the third leading cause of death in the United States. We often see these occur due to medication errors, surgical errors, doctor misdiagnosis, delayed treatment, and more.

  • Impaired Drivers
  • – In Dallas, drunk drivers are a major source of concern. For the latest reporting year in Texas , over 1,000 people were killed due to alcohol-involved crashes.

  • Workplace Accidents
  • – Employers need to ensure that they provide a safe working environment for employees. This includes ensuring that all workers have the equipment and protective gear needed for their job.

  • Faulty Products
  • – Each year, hundreds of products are recalled due to faulty designs, manufacturing errors, or problems with the labeling (warnings, dosages, ingredients, etc.).

  • Premises Incidents
  • – Slip and fall accidents cause more injuries than all other premises liability claims. Property owners and employees should work to ensure their patron’s safety at all times.

  • Pedestrian And Bicycle Injuries
  • – These two groups of people are especially vulnerable in and around the roadway and can be harmed by reckless driving behavior.

    What You Can Do Now

    If you have lost a loved one due to the carelessness or recklessness of another person, we know you are going through so much right now. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we want to help you get the compensation you deserve for what happened. While we know that no amount of money can erase the pain you are feeling, this can help bring some closure.

    When you need a Dallas wrongful death attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 214-883-1700.

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27 Oct 2018 |Dorothy Hyde

Today we want to bring you a tragic story out of West Dallas. It happened earlier this month at the construction site of a three-story townhome. Shortly before 4PM on October 8, the building collapsed.

Unfortunately, one person was killed and five others were injured. While we still are not sure what caused the accident, we do know that Raul Ortega Cabrera, the man who died, left behind two children. His wife was pregnant with their third child.

We know that none of them started their day expecting a tragedy. Now, Mr. Cabrera’s family has to move forward without him.

Construction work is dangerous and often deaths in the industry are preventable. It is also not the only place where we see possible wrongful death cases. If you need a Dallas wrongful death attorney, you can count on the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde to work with you to get to the bottom of your case.

Negligence

In the story above, we may find out that Mr. Cabrera died because of an error that was preventable. Construction accidents are too common. In fact, OSHA has a term for the four most common way that construction workers get killed – the “Fatal Four.”

Wrongful death cases arise when else’s negligence, willful act, or wrongful act causes the death of another person. We see this happen in various ways.

Workplace Accidents

Any employer who does not provide the proper equipment and training can potentially be contributing to fatal accidents.

Impaired Drivers

According to the CDC, 29 people die in the US every day from a crash involving an alcohol-impaired driver, but drunk drivers are not the only ones killing people on the roadway. More and more, we are finding that distracted drivers are causing harm.

Medical Mistakes

Medical mistakes are now the third leading cause of death in the United States. This includes things like surgical errors, misdiagnosis, medication errors, infections, and more.

Product Liability

At this moment, there are thousands of product recalls taking place across the country, many of which consumers never know about. Faulty products can cause injury and death due to a poor design, a manufacturing error, or a labeling problem.

Violence

Murder is not only a criminal case; it can be a civil case as well. The families of murder victims can sue the person responsible for killing their loved one for damages.

Moving Forward

The death of a loved one can be unexpected financial difficulties beyond the cost of funeral and burial services. This can include the loss of income and benefits.

If you are here because you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of someone else, we know you are going through a difficult time. At the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde, we want to help you get some closure. We know that no amount of compensation can bring your loved one back, but it can help you get some closure. You can contact us for a free consultation by calling us at 214-883-1700.

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