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Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death Lawyers in Killeen, TX

Fighting for Families Throughout Central Texas

It is difficult enough to deal with the death of a loved one. Grief and loss can be overwhelming for family members and last for years. In the case of a wrongful death, it can be even more traumatic to believe that your loved one perished unnecessarily and senselessly due to the wrongful actions of another.

If you and other family survivors have suffered in this way, it is crucial to turn to a lawyer experienced in the Texas legal system. At Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, L.P., our Killeen wrongful death attorneys can help you prove that the other person's actions caused your damages and losses. Our seasoned litigators have spent decades assisting Texans in securing the outcomes they deserve through comprehensive representation. We are here to take on the legal burden and fight for justice on your behalf.  

Discuss your case with a Killeen wrongful death lawyer in a free consultation. Contact Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, L.P. online or at (254) 765-9552 to get started. Hablamos español

What Is a Wrongful Death in Texas?

Texas wrongful death is defined as a death caused by another person or entity's wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default. This definition encompasses a wide range of incidents, including but not limited to car accidents, bus accidents, trucking accidents, pedestrian, bicycle, and motorcycle accidents, premises liability accidents, workplace accidents, and product defects.

The essential basis of a wrongful death case is that the injured person would have had the right to file a personal injury claim if they had not died from their injuries. Because their injuries were fatal, family survivors can pursue a civil claim against the party or parties responsible for the death. 

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Texas?

Under Texas law, wrongful death claims can be filed by the following parties:

  • Spouses: The surviving spouse of the deceased can bring forth a wrongful death claim.
  • Children: Biological and legally adopted children of the deceased have the right to file a claim.
  • Parents: Both biological and adoptive parents of the deceased can pursue a wrongful death claim.

Notably, siblings of the deceased are not eligible. Furthermore, the executor or administrator of the deceased’s estate can file a claim if no eligible family member does so within three months of the death. This is allowed unless all family survivors request no lawsuit be brought. 

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Damages in a Texas Wrongful Death Suit

It is essential to ask for all the damages you are due in a wrongful death suit, as you may only get one chance at a full recovery.

Potential damages include:

  • Lost earnings
  • Lost support, advice, care, and maintenance suffered by surviving family members
  • Pain, suffering and anguish
  • Inheritance lost to surviving family members due to an earlier-than-expected death
  • Loss of comfort, companionship, and love

Our experienced attorneys will sit down with you to advise you on asking for all the damages you deserve. 

It is also important to understand that Texas follows a modified comparative fault system. If the deceased is found to be partially at fault for the accident that caused their death, the recoverable damages may be reduced by their percentage of fault.

Time Limits

You must contact our experienced lawyers as quickly as possible following a wrongful death. Texas requires that these suits be filed within two years. Our attorneys are well-versed in the exceptions to this rule and are prepared to help you quickly if your two-year deadline is approaching.

Why Choose Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, L.P.? Our Commitment to You

  • Unyielding Commitment to Justice
    We tirelessly pursue accountability for those responsible for your injury, ensuring they are held accountable for their actions.
  • Relentless Pursuit of Fair Compensation
    We fight fiercely to secure the maximum compensation you deserve, recognizing the profound impact a personal injury can have on your life and livelihood.
  • Empathetic Guidance Through Adversity
    We stand by your side with unwavering support and understanding, providing guidance and reassurance during what may be one of the most challenging times in your life.
  • Resolute Advocacy for Your Rights
    With determination and expertise, we navigate the complexities of the legal system on your behalf, steadfastly protecting your rights and interests at every turn.

Put Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, L.P. On Your Side in Wrongful Death Claims

The legal process surrounding a wrongful death claim can feel overwhelming after such a devastating loss. An experienced attorney can handle the legalities, allowing you to focus on working through your grief toward healing. 

Our Killeen wrongful death attorneys know that no amount of compensation can fill the void of a loved one’s loss. However, we can act as your advocates and allies to help you seek rightful compensation, which may bring a measure of closure. Put our compassionate and competent team on your side at this critical time. 

Call (254) 765-9552 or request a consultation online for the legal help and guidance you need today. 

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