Attorney Doug Goyen has represented people as a Dallas wrongful death lawyer since 1997. We provide powerful, experienced, and aggressive representation for our clients. You can count on us to get the compensation you deserve for your case.
Wrongful death can occur in almost any type of negligence case, including car accidents, 18-wheeler accidents, premises liability cases, workplace accidents, and other personal injury cases. In some personal injury cases, the victim is killed as a result of the negligence of another.
Wrongful death cases are handled by a personal injury attorney. Attorney Goyen has decades of experience handling personal injury and wrongful death cases, as well as obtaining compensation for the deceased’s family, estate, and beneficiaries. You need a lawyer who has handled cases involving serious personal injury, catastrophic injury, and wrongful death.
Call us at (972) 599 4100 or contact us on our website contact form.
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TEXAS LAW ON WRONGFUL DEATH CASES
When someone is killed as a result of negligence, there are two types of actions that can be taken. The first is a survival action. The second type of claim is for wrongful death.
1) Survival cause of action recovers damages for the injuries suffered by the decedent (the cause of action they would have had if they had survived their injury). Plaintiffs would be the personal representative of the estate or heir. The defendant would be the person or entity that caused the injury listed in CPRC section 71.021(a).
The following elements can be used to demonstrate a survival cause of action:
a) Plaintiff is the executor of the decedent’s estate;
b) Prior to their death, the decedent had a cause of action for personal injury to their health, reputation, or person;
c) If the decedent had lived, they could have brought an action for injury.
2) Wrongful Death Act causes of action were added by statute in Texas, and they cover the damages caused to the decedent’s family. Plaintiffs would be the decedent’s surviving spouse, parent, or child. The defendant would be one of the types listed in CPRC section 71.002.
The following elements are required to prove a case under the Texas Wrongful Death Act: 1) the plaintiff is a statutory beneficiary; 2) the defendant is a person or corporation; 3) the defendant’s wrongful act caused the decedent’s death; 4) the decedent would have been entitled to bring suit for the injury if they had lived; and 5) the plaintiff (family member described in the Act) suffered an actual injury. Texas CPRC sections 71.001-71.004, 71.005.
WRONGFUL DEATH DAMAGES
Texas allows the following types of damages in a wrongful death claim. Each category has its own separate value that is determined.
1) Past medical expenses of the deceased;
2) Past pain and suffering and mental anguish of the deceased prior to death;
3) Past lost earnings of the deceased suffered prior to death;
4) Funeral and burial expenses;
5) Loss of inheritance for the beneficiaries;
6) Loss of companionship, support, and marital relationship – known as loss of consortium for family members;
7) Mental anguish and emotional pain of family members;
8) Loss of earning capacity for family members;
9) Loss of services for family members; and
10) Possibly exemplary damages if the facts show willful acts or omissions or gross negligence.
In wrongful death cases, our law firm assists in recovering each element of damage owed by the defendant. Your claim includes lost income, support and companionship, and funeral expenses. Each element of damage caused by the defendant who caused the wrongful death must be paid for by the defendant. In wrongful death cases, we fight for our clients to ensure they receive full compensation for all damages owed.
You’ve got enough to worry about right now… Picking up the pieces, moving forward, and caring for loved ones who require assistance with their own grief and moving forward. The last thing you need right now is to deal with an uncaring insurance company. We will hold those responsible for the wrongful death accountable and ensure they pay what is owed.
When a loved one passes away, it is difficult. It is even more difficult if the death is the result of an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. We will assist you in obtaining payment(s) from the negligent or wrongful actors who caused your loved one’s death. This can assist you in putting the pieces of your life back together. We will look into your loved one’s death. We will consult with experts and others who have knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the death, including all reports, medical records, and other records. We will question the witnesses. We will hire experts to assess the financial impact of the death on you.
The untimely and unexpected death of a loved one as a result of negligence is difficult – not only emotionally, but also financially. Nobody wants to think about the financial aspect of a loss, but when the bills start piling up, you have no choice. Filing a lawsuit is usually one of the last things on most people’s minds. Many people are put off by the prospect of suing for monetary compensation for their losses. However, as the bills pile up, people are eventually forced to confront the harsh reality of the financial consequences of their loved one’s death.
If your loved one provided a source of income for your family, you may have been forced to pursue the person or entity responsible for the loss. To pay your bills for yourself, your family, and your children, you must demand that the wrongdoer’s company or insurance company pay for the loss they caused.
If you need a personal injury lawyer for your wrongful death case contacts us to speak with an experienced Dallas personal injury lawyer today for a free consultation. Call the Law Office of Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100 or contact us on our website contact form.
TYPES OF CASES WE HANDLE
The Law Office of Doug Goyen handles personal injury cases throughout the state of Texas. This includes car crash cases (automobiles, 18 wheelers, motorcycles, pedestrians struck by vehicles, etc.), premises cases (such as injuries caused by a dangerous condition on a property), dog bite cases (or other animals where the owner let their animal loose or had a dangerous animal and the owner’s negligence causes injury to someone else), workplace injuries, and other injuries caused by the negligence or harmful acts of others.
We deal with the insurance company and protect your rights while you focus on what you need to do to get better and take care of yourself and those around you.
Large commercial trucks do serious damage and cause serious injuries. We will fight for you to get you the compensation you deserve and protect your rights while you recover.
Drunk drivers cause serious injuries and death every year. We fight their insurance companies to get you compensated for the damage and injury they have caused you.
Pedestrians struck by vehicles can suffer serious injuries. We represent people injured in by negligent drivers and help our clients get compensation for their injury.
Bicyclists are at risk of serious injury when struck by vehicles. We represent bicyclists who have been struck by negligent drivers.
When bars or restaurants continue to over-serve drunk people and those people cause accidents with injuries, we help clients recover compensation for their injuries.
We protect the rights of motorcyclists who have been injured by negligent drivers. We fight to get all the compensation due from the insurance company.
We help clients recover compensation for injuries caused by unsafe conditions on property. Businesses have a duty to their customers to keep their establishments safe.
Dog owners who are irresponsible with their animals owe for any damage their negligence caused. We deal with the insurance company involved to get compensation for injuries caused by negligent dog owners.
When someone dies due to negligence the family and estate has a claim against the negligent parties that caused the death. We represent families and estates in recovering compensation for the harm done.
Personal injuries are caused by negligence, assaults, and other acts where those who caused the injury owe for the injury caused. We help people with personal injury case recover what they are owed for the damage caused.
FREE CASE REVIEW
If you or someone you know needs assistance in a wrongful death case call (972) 599 4100 for a free consultation and a free strategy session regarding your case. The strategy session includes a summary of your case, identification of the legal issues involved with your case, and identifying those legal issues that will help maximize your recovery in your case. We will email a copy of this strategy session to you for you to keep. Call us today. There is no fee unless you win.
Contact our office for a free consultation with a Dallas wrongful death lawyer regarding your wrongful death case. If it was caused by negligence or wrongdoing the beneficiaries and the estate need to be compensated and paid for their loss.
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