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Wrongful Death

Fort Worth Wrongful Death Lawyers

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Any accident can be a traumatizing experience, but when these accidents result in the death of a loved one, it is life-altering. At the Law Office of James M. Stanley, our Fort Worth wrongful death lawyers understand the pain you and your family may be experiencing after a wrongful death accident, and we aim to help you. We understand that nothing we do can bring back your loved one, but with so much already on your mind, you shouldn't have to endure a financial burden as well.

How Can a Wrongful Death Attorney Help Your Family?

Wrongful death is defined as the loss of an individual due to a negligence-related accident. When this occurs, the family of the victim can seek compensation for damages and costs incurred. Our lawyers work with you to file a wrongful death claim against the reckless party and his or her insurance company. We can help you conduct exhaustive investigations and build a strong case to prove the liable party's negligence in your loved one's accident.

The surviving family members can be compensated for:

  • Lost income if the deceased was the primary supporter
  • Medical bills prior to the victim passing
  • Funeral costs
  • Lost care, maintenance, and support
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost companionship​

Discuss the details of your loved one's accident in a free consultation at (817) 591-4222.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Texas?

The surviving spouse, children, and parents of the deceased may file a wrongful death claim in Texas. These parties may file individually or jointly. After three months of the victim's death, if none of these parties have filed a wrongful death claim, the representative or executor of the estate may file a claim unless a surviving family member objects.

Legally adopted children may file wrongful death claims for the death of an adoptive parent, though they may not file a claim for the death of a biological parent. Adoptive parents may likewise file wrongful death claims in the event of the death of their legally adopted child. Siblings are the only parties who may not file wrongful death claims in Texas, whether they are biological siblings or adopted.

If we are unable to obtain a recovery, then you owe us nothing. Our contingency fees make high-quality counsel possible for every family.

Who Can Collect Damages?

According to Texas, any damages recovered in a wrongful death case is distributed among the surviving family members and estate of the deceased. How much is paid out to each family member is typically decided by the court and is based on how much each individual has suffered as a result of the deceased’s passing. There are many damages that can be pursued, including:

  • Lost earning potential
  • Lose of support or companionship
  • Mental and emotional anguish

Texas law allows for some claimants to pursue exemplary damages, also called punitive damages, depending on the specifics of your case. Exemplary damages differ from the above damages in that their main purpose is the punish the negligent party rather than compensate the bereaved.

How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim?

According to Texas law, the statute of limitations to file a wrongful death claim is two years from the date of the deceased’s passing. This means that if you do not file a claim within two years you will most likely lose your right to recover compensation. However, exceptions to the statute of limitations do exist that can change the amount of time you have to file. Contact the Law Office of James M. Stanley today to discuss the specifics of your case.

Understanding Wrongful Death Claims in Fort Worth: Local Insights

Living in Fort Worth, you are part of a vibrant community with a rich history and a strong sense of togetherness. However, when tragedy strikes, and a wrongful death occurs, it can leave families feeling lost and overwhelmed. At the Law Office of James M. Stanley, we are deeply familiar with the unique challenges Fort Worth residents face during such difficult times.

Fort Worth is home to numerous local government entities and resources that can provide support and information during your time of need. The Tarrant County Courthouse, for instance, is where many legal proceedings take place, and the Fort Worth Police Department often plays a crucial role in investigating accidents. While we do not partner directly with these entities, we understand their processes and can help guide you through the necessary steps.

One of the significant pain points for families in Fort Worth dealing with wrongful death is navigating the legal system while coping with emotional and financial stress. The loss of a loved one can lead to unexpected expenses such as medical bills, funeral costs, and the loss of income, especially if the deceased was the primary breadwinner. Our team is here to alleviate some of that burden by helping you seek the compensation you deserve.

We know Fort Worth inside and out, from the bustling Stockyards to the serene Trinity Trails. We understand the local community's values and the importance of family. We aim to provide compassionate and effective legal support to help you through this challenging time. Whether you are dealing with the aftermath of an accident on I-35W or a tragic incident in a local neighborhood, we are here to help you pursue justice and financial relief.

Get Started With a Free Consultation Today

At the Law Office of James M. Stanley, we are compassionate towards your family's loss. Our Fort Worth wrongful death lawyers know that this is a sensitive situation, and we aim to help you ease through it so your family doesn't have to endure any further hardships. In our 35+ years of experience, we have helped thousands of clients in a wide array of personal injury cases, including wrongful death. We know what is needed in order to handle the insurance company in negotiations, but we are also skilled and prepared to go to trial if need be.

Contact our firm today at (817) 591-4222 and learn more about your options. 
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Commonly Asked Questions

How are wrongful death settlements distributed among family members in Texas?

In Texas, wrongful death settlements are distributed among the surviving family members and the estate of the deceased. The court typically decides the distribution based on the extent of suffering each family member has endured due to the loss. This includes compensation for lost earning potential, loss of support, and mental anguish, with the possibility of exemplary damages in certain cases.

Why should I choose the Law Office of James M. Stanley for my wrongful death case in Fort Worth?

Choosing the Law Office of James M. Stanley for your wrongful death case means selecting a firm with over 35 years of experience and a track record of helping thousands of clients. Their compassionate approach, combined with their readiness to negotiate with insurance companies or go to trial if necessary, makes them a strong advocate for families facing the hardship of a wrongful death in Fort Worth.

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