If you lost a loved one as a result of the reckless or careless actions of another party, you need professional representation. You and your family deserve justice and full financial protection. A skilled Dallas wrongful death lawyer from the Francis Firm will fight aggressively to protect your rights. If you cannot come to our office, an experienced trial lawyer will come to you. To set up a free, strictly confidential legal consultation, please contact our law office right away.
Why Choose the Wrongful Death Lawyers at the Francis Firm?
The Francis Firm is a leading personal injury law firm in Dallas with many wrongful death cases under our belt. Our founder, Michael Francis is Board Certified in Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has more than 25 years of experience litigating cases throughout Texas, against many of the largest corporations and insurance companies. Through the years, he has secured verdicts and settlements for clients totaling more than $30 million.
Regardless of the nature or severity of your injuries, a Texas personal injury lawyer from the Francis Firm will fight to protect your legal rights. Enlist the services of an experienced wrongful death attorney to handle all aspects of your wrongful death claim in Dallas.
No wrongful death attorney can promise a result, but we believe these results speak to our experience in this area of law:
$2,250,000 – Wrongful Death Trucking Accident
A young man’s tanker truck caught fire and exploded while working on a job site, causing serious burns that were ultimately fatal. Suit was brought against the site operator and trucking company, resulting in a settlement in the amount of $2,250,000. After fees and expenses, the victim’s family recovered $1,176,495.
Confidential – Wrongful Death Suit Against Automobile Manufacturer
Wrongful death suit was brought against an automobile manufacturer for defective design and performance of a seatbelt during a rollover accident after a motor vehicle collision resulted in a fatality.
Confidential – Wrongful Death Suit Against Property Owner
Wrongful death suit against a property owner in a fatal shooting in a workplace.
$600,000 – Wrongful Death Claim Against Municipality
A police officer responding to the scene of a motor vehicle collision came upon the accident too quickly. As a result, he struck and killed a good Samaritan in the roadway helping the other accident victims. Our firm brought claims against the city and the underinsured motorist carrier on behalf of the victim’s family. The case was resolved for the statutory limits for municipal claims and the insurance policy limits applicable to the claim. The total settlement was in the amount of $600,000 and reflected the maximum amount recoverable for this tragedy. After fees, legal expenses and funeral expenses, the family recovered $ 392,457.66.
The amount of compensation our clients receive depends on the circumstances, and no two cases are alike.
However, as a matter of law, clients might receive wrongful death lawsuit damages for the following in a Dallas wrongful death case:
- Medical expenses prior to your loved one's death
- Funeral expenses
- The value of lost services, such as cooking, cleaning, and taking care of children
- The loss of an inheritance
- Loss of companionship, love, comfort, and society
- The pain and anguish experienced by grieving family members
- Punitive damages where applicable
What are Wrongful Death Claims?
A wrongful death lawsuit is a type of personal injury claim filed against a defendant who is liable for a death. Immediate family members of the deceased person, such as a surviving parent, spouse, or child, may be able to bring a wrongful death claim in a number of different specific circumstances.
As these are complicated cases, it is essential that you consult with an experienced wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible after a fatal accident. At the Francis Firm, our Dallas wrongful death attorneys handle all types of wrongful death claims.
Some notable examples include:
- Car accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Aviation accidents
- Workplace injuries
- Explosions and fires
- Premises liability claims
- Dangerous and defective product claims
- Medical malpractice claims
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Civil Rights violations
Every wrongful death case is unique. And seeking a wrongful death settlement through a claim can be a complex legal process. You should consult with a wrongful death lawyer at our Dallas, Texas office to discuss the circumstances surrounding your loved one's death to see if you have grounds to file a wrongful death claim.
Do I have a Dallas Wrongful Death Claim?
It is not always easy to know whether or not you have a viable wrongful death case. If a loved one suffered an untimely death in an accident, we encourage you to speak with one of our wrongful death attorneys in Dallas, TX, to discuss whether you have grounds to seek compensation through a wrongful death claim.
Never assume that you do not have legal rights.
Michael Francis will be able to review the specific nature of the claim, explain your options, help you preserve your rights, and recover financial compensation.
Notably, wrongful death lawsuits are governed by the Texas wrongful death statute (Texas Statutes § 71.001).
To have a wrongful death case in Dallas Texas, you must:
- Be the surviving spouse, the child, the parent of the victim, or otherwise eligible to bring a claim under Texas law;
- File your claim before the statute of limitations expires (generally two years from the date of the death); and
- Prove that the defendant is legally responsible for the death.
Many times, however, not all of the responsible parties are clear. This is why a prompt and thorough investigation is so crucial. Furthermore, the longer you wait to hire a wrongful death lawyer to begin your family's investigation, the harder it will be to make a claim, and oftentimes critical evidence is lost.
This investigation can consist of:
- Interviewing witnesses who might have seen the accident that killed your loved one. Witnesses are often crucial to wrongful death cases.
- Visiting the scene of the crash to understand how the incident occurred.
- Hiring accident reconstruction and damage experts to prove your family’s claim.
- Examining your loved one’s medical records to understand the cause of death.
- Helping family members document their losses, such as medical bills, lost wages, or lost income, which can increase the amount of compensation available in a settlement or jury award.
A wrongful death attorney can aggressively negotiate a favorable settlement for surviving family members. And if a fair settlement cannot be reached, your lawyer can file a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court within the Texas statute of limitations.
Focus on Your Family and Let a Wrongful Death Attorney Handle the Rest
Wrongful death claims are complicated legal cases. Insurance companies are notoriously aggressive when defending wrongful death lawsuits in Dallas. We proudly represent wrongful death clients in Dallas.
At the Francis Firm, our Dallas personal Injury lawyers are compassionate advocates for our clients. If you lost a family member in a preventable accident, we are here to take care of all your legal needs so that you can focus on yourself and your loved ones. Your family deserves justice and maximum financial compensation.
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