Wrongful death from spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries or other accidents can subject a victim’s family to excessive financial hardships. There was a time when these types of claims were nonexistent. The belief was that, since the victim was deceased, there was no one to compensate. Fortunately, over time, individual States have drafted legislation allowing the families of victims to sue those responsible for the death of their loved ones. Today, finding a wrongful death attorney is the first step the families of victims take, once the circumstances have been determined to result from negligence. Usually the criteria for determining your necessity to retain a Dallas brain injury attorney are:
- A death caused by the conduct of another
- The other person was negligent or otherwise liable for the death
- There is a surviving spouse, children or other dependents of the victim
- The death resulted in monetary damages
Courts attribute these deaths to many causes, such as:
- Motor vehicle accidents; especially trucks and commercial vehicles
- Slips and falls
- Many construction site and industrial accidents
In addition to compensating a victim's family for monetary damages, a court may find a defendant liable for "punitive" damages. Usually, this is due to gross negligence or a particularly heinous act on the part of the defendant. The purpose of these types of awards is to punish and attempt to deter similar behavior in the future. However, the most important concern is always to ensure the family's financial well-being and peace of mind. A qualified wrongful death attorney will have an in-depth understanding of the laws that apply to your specific case.
As is true of most personal injury cases, the victim’s family should immediately contact The Law Office of Carmen S. Mitchell. Many important aspects of such cases are time sensitive and require prompt attention. Once you become a client, you can take comfort in knowing we will handle your case with the respect and commitment you deserve. In all instances, you owe nothing until you have won your case.
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligance of another, we can help. While it is a difficult and emotional time, if the person you lost was providing for you financially, it can almost immeadiately bring additional challenges. Let the wrongful death lawyers at The Law Office of Carmen S. Mitchell help you understand how Texas law applies to your situation, and then give you options for moving forward.