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Representing Cases of Murder, Homicide, and Terrorism Victims in Dallas

Many victims of terrorism and other violent crimes feel helpless and violated. Dealing with emotional and physical trauma is extremely overwhelming. On top of that, covering property damage, medical bills, and missed time at work can make an already difficult and heart-wrenching situation even more stressful. No one should have to worry about financial security in the wake of such a distressing situation at a shopping center, school, or other event.

Marc Lenahan is the Chair of the Injury and Terrorism Group of the World Law Alliance. He and all of the Lenahan Law Firm are ready to assess even the most challenging of terrorism cases because you and the world deserve that. We are wholly dedicated to our clients, fighting on their behalf. We believe in what we do and are devoted to obtaining excellent results for those who have suffered dearly.

We take terrorism-related injuries and criminal wrongful deaths very seriously and have an extensive background in crime victim rights. This means that we are better prepared to help the victims who come to us in need of proper compensation and justice.

Contact our firm today at (214) 295-1008 or toll-free at (888) 473-2820. Our attorneys are equipped to address terrorism, murders, and homicides that occur anywhere around the world.

What Is Legally Considered Murder, Homicide, and Terrorism?

Becoming the victim or being the loved one who was a victim of a violent crime is an incredibly traumatic experience. However, given legal jargon and terms, it can be difficult to know exactly what you or your loved one who was the victim should do and when you can receive compensation.

Murder: The legal definition of murder is when someone intentionally causes the death of another person. This can be done in a number of ways, from violent attacks to poisonings, but so long as it is intentional, it is considered murder. There are different levels of murder, from first-degree, which involves preplanning the victim's death, to second-degree, which means that the murderer did not plan for the killing but still intended for it to happen.

Homicide: Most people assume that murder and homicide are the same crime and use the terms interchangeably, but homicide is more of a blanket term that refers to the killing of a victim, whereas murder is a specific crime that means the death was intentional. For example, manslaughter, or the unintentional killing of another person, is considered an act of homicide. Manslaughter and murder are very different crimes with very different punishments under Texas law.

Terrorism: There is no one definition of terrorism. The term can cover a myriad of crimes and actions. Under the Code of Federal Regulations, it is: "The unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives" (28 C.F.R. Section 0.85). Essentially, someone who harms or threatens another person to gain some sort of social or political objective could be considered a terrorist.

Was Your Loved One Killed in an Act of Terrorism in Dallas or Somewhere Else?

Terrorism has resulted in the tragic deaths of many individuals. Terrorist attacks are an unfortunate reality for many individuals on a daily basis. Losing a loved one to terrorist activity is a difficult thing for a family to endure. In many cases, those who commit acts of terrorism would not have been able to carry it out without the financing of certain companies or governments. The Lenahan Law Firm has held these individuals and corporations responsible for sponsoring these heinous acts. If you or a member of your family have been injured or wrongfully killed due to terrorist activity, you have a right to be outraged. You also have the right to demand compensation for the physical and emotional damage of the attack with the help of an injury attorney. Going up against these larger companies, and even the government, can be a terrifying prospect, but you are fully within your legal rights to do so. This process may seem intimidating, but with an experienced lawyer from The Lenahan Law Firm at your side, you can trust that you are receiving the best legal guidance.

What Damages Can Victims of Terrorism, Homicide, and Murder Recover?

You may assume that your only chance at justice will be the criminal trial and conviction of the person responsible for your injuries and trauma. But it's important to keep in mind that you may be able to bring a civil case against them. During this civil case, you can demand compensation for the damages you suffered as a result of the crime. These civil cases are often easier to win than criminal ones, so even if the responsible party has not been convicted, you shouldn't hesitate to bring a civil case against them.

In these civil cases, terrorist and homicide victims can seek compensation for:

  • Injuries
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental and physical impairment

You don't have to accept this wrongful conduct. Although no amount of compensation can help lessen the pain you have been put through, handling your case with a Dallas personal injury lawyer can help prevent further damage from being done to your future and may help thwart terrorist and criminal activities that could destroy lives.

Our Dallas Lawyers Get Justice on Behalf of Businesses, Families, and Governments

The frequency of terrorist attacks rises and falls, but they never will go away. And the world's turmoil is mounting again. When bombs explode, when passenger planes are hijacked, when trading ships are attacked by missiles and drones in international waterways, and when innocent civilians are brazenly murdered, victims and their families have the right to seek justice and compensation. The Lenahan Law Firm has been hired on to a case involving losses suffered after Houthi missiles sunk the UK-owned carrier Rubymar in the Red Sea.

There may be no more complex challenge for a law firm than securing justice for families, businesses, and governments after an attack by terrorists who are willing to commit the most brazen crimes, such as the following:

  • Kidnapping
  • Murder
  • Sexual abuse
  • Hijacking
  • Cyber attacks
  • Bombing
  • Piracy
  • Bioterrorism

Our Dallas Law Firm Is Uniquely Qualified to Take on International Terrorism

Marc Lenahan has represented clients from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America. Marc is the Chair of the Injury and Terrorism Group of the World Law Alliance and has the necessary skills to assess opportunities for justice after international terrorism.

Marc was born in Germany and raised in Washington, D.C.; he graduated from high school in Panama while working for the Panama Canal Commission. Marc earned his college and law school degrees in Texas. He also trained with the United States Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia, and worked with the international investigative journalism group Bellingcat in London.

When terrorists strike, Marc immediately knows the right questions: "Who was behind this? What national and international laws can be applied? Which countries and what courts can decide the lawsuit? Who do I want on our team?"

While individuals and businesses are trying to catch their breath, the insurance proceeds may be squandered by careless agents who throw their legal machinery into the claims before they have a clear picture of what's happening.

Winning an international terrorism case is hard. And that's just the beginning. Collecting what you have won requires diligence and creativity. You have to be prepared to ask questions like:

  • Can we seize a ship in an overseas port?
  • Who is aiding and abetting the terrorists?
  • Can we convince the legislators to distribute funds they have already seized?
  • Can the debt owed to our client be addressed during international relations?

You Won't Owe Us Anything Unless We Win

We fight for these cases on a contingency basis, which means we only keep a percentage of what we recover for you when possible, plus the reimbursement of our expenses. And if we don't get you compensation, you won't have to pay us anything, no matter how much we have invested in your case. You won't get a bill from us; you'll only get our apologies for not finding a way to secure the compensation we believe you deserve.

These are expensive, complex, and lengthy battles with no guarantees that we will prevail. But, even for losses sustained by businesses and governments, The Lenahan Law Firm will never ask a client to write us a check.

Further Resources for Victims in Dallas

Once you have begun filing a claim against the responsible party, you may find yourself facing a settlement that doesn't cover all of your expenses. While you should always fight to get as much as possible from the party that was responsible for the violent crime, there are times when what you receive just isn't enough. Sometimes, this is due to legal caps on settlement amounts; other times, it may be due to insurance policy limits. Whatever the case may be, you shouldn't assume that you don't have any options left.

Texas cares deeply about the crime victims and has long had the Crime Victims’ Compensation Program in place to help those in need. The program helps victims pay for losses they experience due to a crime, including medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages, and property replacement if anything was destroyed during the crime. This program can only be used when all other avenues of compensation, such as insurance or a claim, have been explored. It must also be applied for, and there may be caps on the amount you receive.

You may also be able to seek out restitution from the criminal responsible for your injuries or the death of your loved one. At times, judges may order a convicted criminal to pay back the victim for damages such as medical bills, property damage, therapy or counseling costs, and costs of crime-scene cleanup.

Keep in mind that it is up to a judge to decide whether you should receive restitution, and this money can only be awarded if the person responsible was convicted. On top of that, you cannot receive restitution for anything that the Crime Victim's Compensation Program has already paid for. Whatever second avenue of compensation you seek, discussing your options with an experienced Dallas wrongful death attorney first will always be the best bet for recovering full damages.

Serving Victims of Terrorism, Murder, and Homicide in Dallas and Around the World

Our lawyers have long made it our business to help those in severe need. Our attorneys have even worked with the Texas Crime Victims' Compensation Program in the past and have gone out of our way to provide safe and dedicated legal representation for victims. In fact, Attorney Marc C. Lenahan has previously served as the President-Elect for the Nation Crime Victim Bar Association, where he was able to help countless violent crime victims in desperate need of a helping hand.

If you or someone you love has become the victim of a violent crime such as terrorism, homicide, or murder, then you need the help of The Lenahan Law Firm, a Dallas-based firm with international reach.

Call us at (214) 295-1008, or toll-free at (888) 473-2820 for a free consultation today.

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