Wrongful Death

Attorneys at Negem & Worthington handle wrongful death claims on behalf of grieving families in Tyler and throughout East Texas, including those who have lost a loved one in an auto accident, trucking accident, dog attack, or oilfield accident, among other tragic events.  We have extensive experience representing clients in all types of wrongful death actions, and we handle these cases with compassion and sensitivity.  Contact us today for a free case review.

Wrongful Death

Especially when the loss occurs suddenly, as it often does in the case of serious accidents, the death of a loved one takes a great toll on the survivors.  While still coping with shock and grief, family members must account for their deceased loved one's medical costs, funeral expenses, and lost income and health care benefits.  Texas' Wrongful Death Statute allows a surviving spouse, child, parent, or guardian to bring an action against the party whose negligence or wrongful acts caused the death of the loved one.  The purpose of a wrongful death suit is to provide relief to family members who have been injured emotionally and financially as a result of their loss. 

When assisting families with wrongful death claims, our attorneys strive to let families focus on their emotional recovery while we handle all aspects of the case, from investigating the accident to easing the stress of negotiations and trial. 

Recoverable Damages

In Texas, recovery is meant to compensate the deceased's family members for their own damages that were incurred as a result of the wrongful death, which may be both economic and non-economic in nature. 

Economic damages include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of future earnings that the deceased would have provided for the surviving family members
  • Lost pensions, retirement, gifts, and other benefits
  • Reasonable value of household services

Non-economic damages include:

  • Loss of companionship, love, comfort, care, protection, and moral support
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of guidance for children
  • Mental anguish and suffering

Statute of Limitations

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or wrongful acts of another, seek immediate legal representation.  Texas' statute of limitations requires most claims to be brought within two years of the date of death.  Attorneys at Negem & Worthington can help you file a claim in a timely manner to ensure that you are eligible to receive the recovery you deserve.

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