Wrongful Death Lawsuits
The laws involved in wrongful death lawsuits are complicated and vary in each state. During your grieving period, consideration of a wrongful death lawsuit may not seem urgent. In Texas, all wrongful death cases have a statute of limitations, which means a lawsuit must be filed within a specific time period or you risk losing your right to financial compensation. If the wrongful death occurred in a medical setting, you must give written notice to the party at fault within a specified time or you may forfeit your right to later bring a lawsuit. Not every wrongful death case is the same because the circumstances vary from each case. However, the following are the most frequent types of wrongful death cases we handle:
- Medical Malpractice – A hospital should not be but often is a dangerous place. We go to the hospital in our most vulnerable time; our time of greatest need. Trust and surrender are our only choices. When that trust is violated the consequences are often devastating. The medical community has a name for the unnecessary harm that hospital patients often suffer: Never Events. These are injuries that simply should never take place and only do when someone failed to follow the safety rules that apply to hospitals.
- Elderly Care / Nursing Homes – Mistakes are not confined to hospitals or urgent care facilities. Medical negligence is just as, if not more so, evident in elder care facilities as well. Nursing home residents especially vulnerable to malpractice, as the frailty of many residents, require extra care. Something as simple as a broken step and a fall may be catastrophic.
- Auto Accidents – Individual drivers can always be held personally liable for the harm they cause from negligent and distracted driving. Additionally, if the driver was driving on behalf of a trucking/transport company, city transit authority, or other employers then you may also hold the employer and/or company liable for the driver’s negligent conduct.
- Job Site / Oil Field Injuries – In 2017, OSHA found that out of all the worker fatalities in the private industry in the 2017 fiscal year, 20.7% were in construction — that is, one in five worker deaths last year were in construction. Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 582 workers’ lives in America every year.
- Falls (39.2%);
- Struck by Object (8.2%);
- Electrocutions (7.3%);
- Caught-in/between (5.1%)