Lakewood Heights offers residents a pleasant quality of life in tree-lined streets graced with many older homes restored to their original charm. Abrams Road, Monticello Avenue, Skillman Street, and Richmond Avenue border the community. The community is made more enjoyable for residents and visitors by Tietze Park, found on the western border, offering sports courts and fields, walking and jogging paths, picnic areas, and a pool for children and adults to enjoy. Unfortunately, Lakewood Heights is also the location of sudden deaths in auto accidents, construction accidents, truck accidents, and medical malpractice cases at hospitals and clinics in the area.
When a loved one passes away as a result of the negligent actions of another party, a wrongful death claim can be filed by the family left behind. At The Lenahan Law Firm, our Lakewood Heights personal injury attorneys take on a limited number of cases to allow us to focus on delivering the highest level of service to the people we serve. Contact us at (214) 295-1008 to discuss a wrongful death case.
A wrongful death is the loss of life caused by an individual or entity who acted negligently, recklessly, or without reasonable care for the safety of others, causing death. In these cases, the surviving family members, including spouses, children, and parents, can file a wrongful death action to seek compensation for losing a loved one.
When another party has acted in a negligent manner, causing an avoidable death, that party must be held accountable. These cases are subject to the Texas statute of limitations, which allows for only two years from the date of death in which to file a claim. The earlier our Lakewood Heights wrongful death lawyers get involved, the better, as all relevant supporting evidence must be gathered and preserved before it is destroyed or memories fade.
Wrongful death claims can be filed in a range of situations, including but not limited to:
- Car Accidents: Drivers who fail to exercise reasonable care for others while driving in the Lakewood Heights area may cause a fatal accident, leaving a family bereft and facing the future without the love and support of a treasured family member. These cases may involve several types of negligent driving conduct, including alcohol or drug intoxication, distracted driving, speeding, or violations of traffic laws.
- Truck Accidents: The Lakewood Heights area must be supplied with goods and services delivered by drivers operating large commercial trucks, work trucks, delivery vans, and other commercial vehicles. When a driver is operating a truck unsafely, innocent people can pay the ultimate price.
- Construction Site Accidents: New construction, remodels, and other projects are common in the Lakewood Heights area. Construction workers are the lifeblood of the community but work in one of the most dangerous of all professions. Fatal accidents occurring in construction sites are far too common, leaving the family without the love and support of a family member. In many of these cases, a third party is found to have contributed to the accident, and a wrongful death claim can be filed to seek compensation above and beyond the benefits paid through the workers’ compensation system.
- Pedestrian Accidents: Lakewood Heights is generally a pedestrian-friendly area, but any individual walking in the neighborhood is at risk of fatal injuries when a negligent driver is present. Speeding, drunk, or distracted drivers may make fatal mistakes, hitting a pedestrian at a crosswalk, intersection, or other location, allowing the family to file a wrongful death claim.
- Medical Malpractice: We trust medical providers to correctly diagnose and treat our loved ones. When medical professionals act negligently, failing to correctly diagnose an illness or condition, performing surgery incorrectly, or making a fatal anesthesia error, it is among the most shocking and terrible of all experiences. When it is determined that a medical provider failed to deliver the accepted standard of care, leading to loss of life, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed against all liable parties.
According to Texas law, only certain individuals have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The surviving spouse, children, and parents of the deceased person can file such a claim. In cases in which the deceased individual has no surviving spouse, child, or parent, the representative of the deceased person’s estate can file a lawsuit. Under the Texas statute of limitations, wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the date of the person’s death, although the time limit can be extended in some rare cases.
The damages sought in a wrongful death claim are pursued to compensate the surviving family members for both economic and personal losses. Economic damages compensate the family for the loss of the deceased family member’s income, benefits, and other financial support. Non-economic damages are sought by placing a dollar value on the emotional losses of the family, including loss of companionship, guidance, and emotional support. The amount of damages awarded by a jury in a wrongful death claim will reflect the specific circumstances of the case.
The Lenahan Law Firm operates far differently than most law firms in the Dallas area. Rather than taking on hundreds of clients, we focus on a limited number of cases, so we can pour all our resources into seeking justice for the people we serve. We are proud to have achieved many high-value settlements and judgments and are recognized as being among the most effective law firms in the area.
Call The Lenahan Law Firm at (214) 295-1008 for assistance in wrongful death cases in Lakewood Heights.