Midland Wrongful Death Lawyers
When death occurs as the result of willful acts, omissions, or gross negligence of another person, then a wrongful death suit may be warranted. If a person dies because of the wrongful act of another, then their heirs and beneficiaries including a surviving spouse, the next of kin, or the children of the deceased may sue in a court of law.
If your loved one has died as a result of an auto accident, workplace accident, defective product, an explosion, or other circumstances our Midland wrongful death lawyers can help. A lawsuit can be brought regardless of whether the death of your loved one occurred due to an intentional or an unintentional act or whether criminal charges have been, or will be, filed against the person responsible.
The leading causes of wrongful death in Texas are:
- Car accidents
- Drunk driving
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products
- Unsafe premises
- Child abuse
- Nursing home or elder abuse
Loss of Consortium Claims
If your loved one died due to someone else's negligence, you may have a claim for damages including loss of consortium. The term “loss of consortium” refers to the emotional sadness or depression a person can go through when an immediate family member has been injured or killed. Loss of consortium is a loss of society, affection, comfort and care, the love and solace you received, moral support, protection, assistance, conjugal fellowship, marital compatibility, and companionship. These are all compensable rights that are considered non-economic damages.
Loss of consortium can also include grief from the loss of sexual relations or the inability to have children with your loved one. In addition, in 1990 the Supreme Court of Texas ruled that children have the right to recover for loss of consortium in cases where the parent suffered a permanent disability that somehow limits the way they previously interacted with their family.
What Other Damages Can Be Recovered?
When a loved one is lost, there are often many expenses incurred such as medical and hospital bills, the cost of burial, and lost wages and benefits. Wrongful death lawsuits are intended to compensate the heirs and beneficiaries for financial loss, pain and suffering, and loss of society that occurred as a result of the death. Common damages that are often awarded include:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Non-economic damages for the loss of love, society and companionship
- Pain and suffering of the decedent
- Payment for future services normally provided by your loved one
- Punitive damages (when criminal negligence is a factor)
- Loss of future income and benefits
- Compensation for property damage
Get Help From Our Experienced Midland Wrongful Death Attorneys Today
If you have lost a loved one due to wrongful death, the Midland wrongful death lawyers at Zinda Law Group want to help you. We offer free consultations and will represent you on a contingency fee basis – which means you pay nothing unless we recover for you. Give us a call today at 800-863-5312 and speak with an experienced and knowledgeable Midland wrongful death attorney about your case.