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Wrongful Death

When someone negligently or intentionally causes the death of another person, specific close family members may make a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim is intended to compensate close family members for the harms they have suffered as a result of losing the deceased. Losing a loved one can be emotionally and financially devastating and survivors can be left feeling alone and helpless. If you have lost a close family member due to someone else’s negligent or intentional conduct, contact Fort Worth wrongful death attorney, Dorothy Hyde, to schedule a consultation. We know you are going through a difficult time and we want to do what we can to make things easier for you.

Claimants and recovery

Texas law generally allows the deceased’s parents, children, and spouses to make a wrongful death claim, however, there are some exceptions and restrictions that may affect who may recover in these cases. As mentioned above, wrongful death claims are intended to compensate the family, rather than the deceased. Recovery for damages sustained as a result of the wrongful death may include:

  • Loss of the deceased’s support and services.
  • Loss of financial contributions from the decedent.
  • Loss of inheritance means the amount that the deceased would have added to the estate had he lived.
  • Mental anguish suffered as a result of a loved one’s death.
  • Loss of companionship and society as a result of a loved one’s death.

Survival action

In some circumstances when a person’s death is caused by someone else’s negligent or intentional acts, a survival claim may be made. Unlike a wrongful death case where close family members are compensated for their losses, a survival claim is meant to compensate for injuries and damages the decedent may have recovered in a personal injury case had he or she survived. Compensation may include:

  • Medical expenses such as medical and hospital care incurred by the decedent after he or she was injured and prior to death.
  • The decedent’s lost wages between the time he or she was injured and his or her death.
  • Pain and suffering endured by the decedent due to injuries he or she incurred before he or she died.
  • Decedent’s funeral and burial expenses.

Additionally, exemplary damages, also known as punitive damages, are sometimes awarded in cases when you have lost a loved one. Punitive damages are not meant to compensate claimants, but are meant to punish the defendant for causing the deceased’s death. We have in the past and continue to seek exemplary damages in appropriate cases on behalf of our clients.

We cannot replace what you have lost and neither can a jury award or settlement, but we are committed to seeing that you receive maximum compensation to help you cope during this difficult time and to see that you are financially protected. Our wrongful death experts at the Law Office of Dorothy Hyde know that you have sustained a great loss and we will be your strongest advocates during a time when you need it most.

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