Fort Worth Wrongful Death Attorney
Compassionate Representation for Surviving Loved Ones
There is no questioning the difficulty your family is going through after losing a loved one as a result of someone’s reckless behavior. As a Fort Worth wrongful death lawyer, I–Paul Previte–provide professional and caring representation to families dealing with the aftermath of a preventable, unnecessary loss. I know that filing a lawsuit cannot undo what’s been done, but it can ensure you are not overwhelmed with the expense of your loss, while holding the responsible party accountable for their actions.
What is WRongful Death?
In Texas, wrongful death is defined as a death that is caused by the wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default of another person or entity. The Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code provides that if a person’s death is caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another, the surviving spouse, children, or parents of the deceased person, or the estate representative, may bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party.
To prove a wrongful death case in Texas, the plaintiff must show that the defendant’s wrongful conduct caused the death of the deceased person. This can include acts of negligence, intentional misconduct, or even criminal acts. The plaintiff must also show that they have suffered damages as a result of the death, such as loss of income, loss of companionship, and mental anguish.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Texas?
In Texas, the surviving spouse, children, or parents of the deceased person have the right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. If none of these individuals are alive or willing to bring a lawsuit, then the deceased person’s estate representative may file a wrongful death lawsuit.
The surviving spouse has the first right to file a wrongful death lawsuit, followed by the surviving children, and then the surviving parents. If the deceased person has no surviving spouse, children, or parents, then the right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit may pass to other family members, such as siblings or grandparents.
Generally, the lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of the deceased person’s death.
Types of Texas Wrongful Death Actions & Damages
Wrongful death suits can be filed for a wide range of accidents, from motor vehicle collisions to workplace accidents. The costs associated with the death of a loved one can be overwhelming and should not be the burden of grieving family members. I can help support and advocate for your family to ensure that you are not taken advantage of by the other party or the insurance companies.
I fight for fair and just compensation for the following:
- Funeral expenses
- Past medical bills
- Loss of wages provided to the family
- Loss of solace
- Pain and suffering of your loved one prior to their death
Helping Families in Fort Worth, TX
Losing a loved one at the hands of a negligent person or group is devastating and should not go unpunished. I am interested in holding the responsible party accountable, both financially and legally. I am client focused, which means I am committed to putting your needs first and keeping you informed every step of the way.
Serving Fort Worth and all of North Texas, I take on wrongful death actions involving:
- Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Construction site accidents
- Defective and dangerous products