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Frisco Wrongful Death Lawyer

An untimely death is never a simple matter. Friends and family are distraught, emotions are running high, and yet there is much to be accomplished. From the outset, a decedent’s family needs to plan for a funeral, pursue any potential criminal charges against the perpetrator, and take the appropriate time to grieve. All the while, family, and friends often forget to keep in mind perhaps one of the most important items: their future. A dedicated Frisco wrongful death injury attorney can help a family navigate the legal system during this difficult time.

Sometimes decedents provide the sole source of income for a family. Others provide care for children or elderly family members that is difficult to measure monetarily. A civil case filed against the person, company, or organization responsible for the death can be a means to provide financial stability for the family. A Frisco personal injury lawyer can represent the families of the deceased in cases designed to hold the responsible parties liable in a civil court.

Wrongful Deaths Under Texas Law

Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Chapter 71 provides the framework for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in Texas. It describes who may bring the suit, what damages they may pursue, and which deaths are considered wrongful.

All deaths are not wrongful under the law. Many times, people die from natural causes or acts of nature that are no one’s fault. Even deaths that are connected to the actions of other people are not necessarily wrongful. A wrongful death is any death that is connected to an unlawful act, neglect, carelessness, or unskillfulness. Examples of these include:

  • Death by murder
  • An at-fault car or truck accident that leads to a death
  • Construction accidents
  • Medical malpractice

All of these situations can lead to a wrongful death suit. The next concept needed to be considered is who may be the plaintiff. Texas’ statute also answers this question by naming a spouse, child or parent as a potential plaintiff. The executor of the deceased’s estate may file the lawsuit for the injury leading to death, but only the spouse, child, or parent is able to file a wrongful death claim in Texas. In addition, anyone eligible beneficiary (the spouse, parent or child) may file for all beneficiaries with the help of a Frisco wrongful death attorney.

Intersections of the Law

Many wrongful deaths can lead to both a criminal case and a civil case. Whenever a death is caused by a wrongful act, the State of Texas may file criminal charges. While the family members may be an integral part of this case as the family of the deceased, it is important to remember that a criminal case will rarely directly benefit the deceased’s family. Even in situations where the defendant is convicted at trial, the court is powerless to order the defendant to fully compensate the decedent’s spouse, child or parent from the wrongful death damages. Only through pursuing a civil claim, upon their own initiative, may a family recover any sort of compensation from a defendant. These civil suits are precisely the service that a Frisco wrongful death lawyer can provide.

Forms of Compensation

Potential compensation for families can be separated into two main categories: Personal injuries before death and statutory damages because of death. Economic damages are all costs that are directly associated with the death. Let us consider a death from a car accident. In this case, the decedent was likely transported via ambulance to an emergency room. At the hospital, they may have undergone surgery in an attempt to save their life. Despite this, the decedent died. These costs are all considered economic before death.

Another potential compensation is considered non-economic. This can include pain and mental anguish leading up to death. Oftentimes, these damages can be difficult to precisely calculate. Every case has its own precise group of facts and circumstances. These determine exactly how much compensation may be possible for the injury leading to death.

Wrongful death damages are statutory damages that the spouse, children, and parents are suffering because of death. These include loss of companionship and society, mental anguish for the death, reasonable contributions that the decedent would have contributed to maintaining the beneficiary and loss of potential inheritance.

How a Frisco Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help

A Frisco wrongful death lawyer can work with families during difficult times to secure their financial futures. Nothing can replace the decedent’s place in a family, but obtaining compensation for their loss can make the future easier. However, clients should be aware that all cases alleging wrongful death must be filed in court no more than two years from the date of the injury leading to death and some must be filed sooner. When a death has occurred, there is no reason not to file the case quickly. Evidence disappears with time. As soon as you are ready, contact our Frisco wrongful death lawyers. We are here to help you.

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Mary Thompson
Mary Thompson
20:51 25 Feb 20
From the very first meeting with the McCraw Law Group we were treated with respect and care. They were so helpful is... trying to speed things up. We all know that when you have a lawsuit against some one there will be problems. This group of lawyers were very attentive and knew how to get what we needed. I will call them again if anything comes up that I need a lawyer.read more
Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor
19:46 12 Feb 20
McCraw Law Group is an exceptional firm and I could not ask for more than what I received with their services. All of... their staff, from the clerks to the attorneys, were extremely helpful and caring and constantly asked me if I needed anything or if I had any questions or concerns. If you need to have someone on your side and trust them to have your best interests in mind, I would place that trust in The McCraw Law Group.Would I recommend them to my friends and family? I would without a doubt.Would I like to have them on the other side of a courtroom and going against them? Absolutely Not.To the staff that handled my case, I greatly appreciate all of your work and the result speaks for itself. Thank you!read more
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Justin Hansen
12:29 07 Feb 20
The staff at the McCraw law group are second to none. They are intelligent and hard working people that will do their... best to make sure you are set to recover physically, emotionally, and financially from any injury. Thank you so much!!read more
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Zane Allen
04:39 18 Dec 19
I was in an accident in March and had injuries resulting from the crash. Obviously my first call was to a doctor to get... checked out but was told I was going to need physical therapy. My second call was to the McCraw Law Group. They took care of all of the grunt work so that all I had to focus on was getting better. They were very communicative about the process, and better yet, they were incredibly responsive to any emails, calls, and questions. I was very appreciative and thankful for all of their hard work. They are a great group of people to work with when you’re needing the help.read more
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Elisa Dean
15:38 16 Dec 19
I recommend The Mccraw Law Group to anyone who is hurt in an accident.My experience has been wonderful. They do the... best they can to get the most from the insurance company. My communications have been with Vanessa, Suzanne and Jason.Jason is very special to me. He understood my needs and was very caring and the sweetest attorney I have ever met. He was honest and did everything he could to bring my case to a conclusion.Vanessa and Suzanne are very sweet and are there to help every step of the way.read more
Fernando Salas
Fernando Salas
19:07 10 Dec 19
First time needing a lawyer. Everything went extremely smooth and quick. Mr. McCraw went to my house after my car wreck... and I knew at that point that I was in good hands. Everyone who works there are so nice and will answer any questions or concerns you have. Thank you guys for all of your help.read more
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Adelyn Braswell
17:02 10 Dec 19
When me and my family recently got hit by a drunk driver. They helped us with everything we needed. We had so many... questions and didn’t hesitate to answer. It was our first time with any lawyer so they made everything so easy for us, and got it all done so quick. They did everything in their power to get us all the money we deserved. They were all so friendly and I would recommend them to anyone.read more
Courtney Brooks
Courtney Brooks
16:12 12 Sep 19
I had a wonderful experience from beginning to end with the McCraw Law Group. My case was accepted and I was kept up to... date on how it was proceeding, and when it came to a settlement, we got more than expected. Everyone was very kind, the court proceedings went smoothly and I was extremely satisfied. I will definitely use them again if anything else arises.read more
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