Who can be held responsible for a Wrongful Death?
While the question may seem complex, the answer is actually quite simple: Under Texas law, any person whose wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default causes the death of another can be held responsible for a wrongful death. In addition, the agent of the person whose wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default causes the death of another can also be held responsible for a wrongful death. For example, if a truck driver that works for Company A is careless and causes the death of another person, Company A can be sued for wrongful death in addition to the truck driver.
What is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is a specific claim that is filed against a defendant who has caused someone’s death either negligently or through intentional harm. Wrongful death claims are usually filed by a representative of the estate on behalf of the surviving family members and/or other affected parties. Wrongful death claims may be the result of various wrongful acts or omissions. However, one of the most common wrongful death claims results from motor vehicle accidents. According to the Texas Department of Transportation statistics, based on reportable crashes in 2017: 1 person was killed every 2 hours 21 minutes, 1 person was injured every 2 minutes 4 seconds and 1 reportable crash occurred every 59 seconds. In addition, in 2017, there were 1,024 people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol. While these statistics may be staggering, wrongful death claims are not limited to automobile accidents. Wrongful death claims may be based upon any wrongful act or omission that results in the death of another person.
Wrongful death claims can be extremely difficult for families. Not only must the family deal with their emotional grief over the wrongful death of their loved one, but they may also be affected financially by the loss of their loved one, the loss of their loved one’s income and medical and funeral expenses just to name a few. In addition, navigating a claim for Wrongful Death can be extremely stressful and difficult. Without an experienced attorney, wrongful death claims can be a very complicated legal process which can often take a physical toll on the family of the deceased person. Consequently, having experienced attorneys to help you with your wrongful death claim is critical.
The experienced wrongful death attorneys at Cain Firm have the experience, knowledge, and resources to help you pursue justice for your loved one as well as compensation for the losses suffered as a result of the wrongful act or omission. Through compassionate yet aggressive representation, our attorneys have helped hundreds of clients in the North Texas area. While we cannot guarantee specific results, Cain Firm has a track record of obtaining superior results by aggressively and skillfully representing our clients. Our lawyers have successfully handled a broad range of wrongful death cases.
If you have lost a loved one as a result of any wrongful act or omission, you may have a claim for wrongful death. To learn more about how Cain Firm can help you, contact our team today at (817) 623-9304 for a free consultation.