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The death of a family member is one of life’s most painful experiences. If you have experienced a death in your family our thoughts and prayers go out to you. At Tate Law Offices, P.C., we understand how emotionally devastating a loved one’s death is for the survivors, and our Dallas personal injury attorneys can help you through this difficult time by taking care of the necessary legal actions following your family member’s death.

If your family member’s death was caused by a wrongful act of someone or entity in Texas, you may be entitled to receive damages from the responsible parties. Texas wrongful death law allows certain surviving family members to recover damages to help lessen the burden caused by a wrongful death. While no amount of money can compensate for the loss of your loved one, it may relieve the financial burden your family member’s death has caused. The wrongful death attorneys at Tate Law Offices, P.C., will evaluate your death case and make every effort to get you the compensation which you may be entitled.

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How Tate Law Offices, P.C., Can Help with Your Ft. Worth Wrongful Death Case or Survival Claim Lawsuit

Given the high stakes in a case involving death, insurance companies dispatch their adjusters, investigators, and attorneys to begin work on a wrongful death case within minutes or hours of a death. The sole goal of the insurance companies is to develop evidence that they can use to deny payment of compensation to the survivors and the estate. Therefore, it is extremely important to contact the Dallas wrongful death attorneys at Tate Law Offices, P.C., in Dallas as soon as possible.

In order to build a strong wrongful death and survival case our experienced Texas wrongful death case lawyers will:
  • Quickly secure the evidence.
  • Obtain witness affidavits.
  • Take photographs.
  • Download black box data.
  • Have an accident reconstruction engineer to reconstruct the accident
  • Send letters to safeguard against the destruction or modification of any of the vehicles or other evidence.
  • Hire an economist, after the initial evidence is obtained, to calculate the financial loss the family will incur due to the death.
  • Assist with setting up the estate of the deceased to bring the estate’s claims and transfer the estate’s assets to the heirs of the estate.

At Tate Law Offices, P.C., our wrongful death lawyers thoroughly understand the technical, medical, and legal aspects of Texas wrongful death and survival cases. We will fight to recover damages owed to you in order to help you begin healing from your devastating loss. In addition to the emotional effects of a loved one’s death, we understand the financial stresses you may be under after the death of your family member.

Therefore, our Texas wrongful death case lawyers will provide a no cost evaluation of your case. Additionally, we will not charge you any legal fees unless we recover damages from your wrongful death case. Contact us to arrange a meeting with one of our experienced and caring attorneys.

Wrongful Death Cases in Ft. Worth

In Texas, when a person is killed due to the negligence or willful act of another, it may be considered a wrongful death case. After a wrongful death in Texas, the surviving family members may be eligible for damages through a wrongful death lawsuit. The objective of a wrongful death lawsuit is to recover damages to compensate surviving family members for losses suffered due to the wrongful death. Texas wrongful death law allows damages to be recovered for various financial and emotional losses. At Tate Law Offices, P.C., our wrongful death attorneys work to help maximize your case value so you can focus on your family during this difficult time.

Compensation the Surviving Spouse of the Deceased May Recover from Ft. Worth Wrongful Death Cases

Children of the deceased person may file a wrongful death lawsuit in Texas to recover the following damages:
  • Mental anguish
  • Pecuniary (financial) loss
  • Loss of advice and counsel
  • Loss of household and domestic services
  • Loss of the monetary value of nurture, care, education, and guidance
  • Loss of maintenance, support, and reasonable contributions of pecuniary value
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of companionship and society
  • Bystander damages if the child witnessed the event
  • Exemplary damages if there was grossly negligent or willful conduct.

Compensation the Surviving Children of the Deceased May Recover from Ft. Worth Wrongful Death Cases

 

Children of the deceased person may file a wrongful death lawsuit in Texas to recover the following damages:
  • Mental anguish
  • Pecuniary (financial) loss
  • Loss of advice and counsel
  • Loss of household and domestic services
  • Loss of the monetary value of nurture, care, education, and guidance
  • Loss of maintenance, support, and reasonable contributions of pecuniary value
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of companionship and society
  • Bystander damages if the child witnessed the event
  • Exemplary damages if there was grossly negligent or willful conduct.

Compensation the Parents of the Deceased May Recover from Ft. Worth Wrongful Death Cases

 

Texas law also allows parents to file a lawsuit upon the wrongful death of their child for damages including:
  • Mental anguish
  • Pecuniary (financial) loss
  • Loss of advice and counsel
  • Loss of household and domestic services
  • Loss of maintenance, support, and reasonable contributions of pecuniary value
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of companionship and society
  • Bystander damages if the child witnessed the event

Compensation of the Estate of the Deceased for Survival Damages in Ft. Worth

In addition to wrongful death damages recoverable by certain family members, the estate of the deceased may be eligible to recover for what is known as survival damages.

These damages can be passed on to the heirs of the estate and they are as follows:
  • Conscious physical pain, suffering, and mental anguish endured by the deceased prior to his/her death.
  • Medical, funeral, and burial expenses.
  • Exemplary damages, if there was grossly negligent or willful conduct.

Who Can Recover Damages from Wrongful Death Cases in Ft. Worth

In Dallas, Fort Worth, and throughout the State of Texas, certain surviving family members may recover damages from the person or entity responsible for a wrongful death. In general, the surviving spouse, children, or parents of the deceased person may recover damages in a wrongful death case. The types of damages recovered depend upon the relationship between the deceased person and the survivors.

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How do I get the most money for my case?

Evidence is essential in order to get top dollar for an injury case. This means there must be proof of who was at fault for the accident and that the accident caused your injuries. Police reports and witness statements go a long way to proving fault while detailed medical records from qualified doctors (many times orthopedics or neurologists) are used to show the cause and extent of the injuries. We work to build a solid case in order to seek maximum compensation for our clients’ injuries.

Is there a benefit to being represented by a lawyer?

Most of the time in an accident injury situation, an insurance company will be your opponent. Insurance companies are very skilled at denying or minimizing injury claims – that’s how they make money. Insurance adjusters regularly deny claims that should be paid, or they offer only a small percent of the fair value of a claim. Our goal is the opposite. We develop a settlement package presenting our client’s case that often can result in our client receiving 10 to 20 times more compensation than what the insurance adjusters might offer for their injury claim. In such case, even after legal fees, our clients can net more money in their pocket. Even better, we work on a completely contingent basis, so there are no legal fees unless we are successful in collecting compensation for our clients.

Should I talk to the insurance company?

Do not talk to anyone at the insurance company. This includes their insurance adjusters and defense lawyers. Insurance companies frequently record phone conversations during which they ask leading questions designed to produce testimony that they can use to deny your case. If we are your lawyers, we will do the talking for you so you do not fall into the insurance company traps that are designed to decrease the value of your claim.

How do I pay my medical bills?

Medical bills can be paid through various manners such as health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Personal Injury Protection insurance funds, deferred billing, and letters of protection. Depending on all of the facts surrounding your case and the insurance companies involved, we produce a strategy that we believe will best benefit our clients. Also, even if our clients do not have access to health insurance, we can assist them with getting medical care that is paid at the end of the case – which means no upfront medical bills.

How do I collect my lost income?

Even if an injured person is not able to work after an accident, insurance company tactics are to disagree and assert that the person could work so the insurance companies can deny the claim for lost income. It is important to have a qualified doctor’s medical documentation that proves the inability to work for a certain period of time due to an injury. We work with our clients’ doctors and employers to prove the medical reason for not working and the calculation of lost earnings. This frequently results in a fight with the insurance company, but we believe that with solid evidence we are ultimately able to win the fight and collect our clients’ lost income.

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