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West Texas Wrongful Death Lawyer

Why Do I Need a West Texas Wrongful Death Lawyer?

After the untimely death of your loved one, it’s important to think about hiring a wrongful death lawyer — and do it quickly. In some cases, the responsible party’s insurance company may approach survivors and attempt to give them a settlement. With funeral expenses and other bills relating to the accident piling up, you may be tempted to take this money. But what they are doing is paying you a minimal amount so you will go away. A wrongful death lawyer working on your behalf will be able to calculate the true value of your claim and fight to get you every penny you deserve.

The dedicated attorneys at the Hanna Law Firm will thoroughly research the circumstances of your loved one’s death, find every party responsible, and make sure they are brought to justice. Call our wrongful death lawyers in Texas at (432) 580-4878.

Essential Elements of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

In order for a wrongful death claim to be successful, there are a few elements that must be in place.

  • There must be a death, of course.
  • There must be surviving relatives (a spouse, child, or parent) who are suffering financially and otherwise due to the death.
  • It must be proven that the plaintiff in the case owed a “duty of care” to the deceased person.
  • It must be proven that the plaintiff failed in their duty of care to the deceased.
  • It must be proven that the plaintiff’s failure to uphold their duty of care directly led to the person’s death.

For example, every driver has an obligation — or “duty of care” — to drive safely and follow all traffic laws. If your loved one was hit and killed by a person driving while impaired, speeding, or otherwise breaking the rules of the road, you may have a case for a wrongful death lawsuit.

Or maybe your relative was an oilfield worker who was killed in an explosion on the job. A subsequent investigation then revealed that the equipment was not properly maintained or workers were not properly trained which lead to the incident. There was a duty of care that was breached by the responsible parties, and you may have a case for a wrongful death suit. If you are unsure if you can file a wrongful death claim for your loved one who passed away, call us at (432) 580-4878. Our experienced compassionate attorneys are ready to help and will give you a free initial consultation.

Types of Wrongful Death Claims in Texas

Wrongful death cases take many forms, and every one of them differs in its circumstances and details. But here are a few of the more common types in broad strokes:

  • Car accidents. Distracted driving is nothing new, but cell phones and texting in particular have made our roads more dangerous than ever before. Impaired driving and drowsy driving are also frighteningly common.
  • Workplace deaths. While a death can occur in any sort of work environment, some workplaces are more dangerous than others. Here in West Texas, deaths caused by oilfield accidents are of particular concern. Our oilfields are inherently treacherous places to work with their heavy equipment, toxic chemicals, and other perils. And the companies that are supposed to ensure their workers’ safety often fail to do so.
  • Medical malpractice. If your loved one died due to the negligence of a medical provider, you may have a case for a wrongful death lawsuit. Now, many people die under a doctor’s care. For a wrongful death claim to apply, the death must be due to a serious medical error or breach in judgement.
  • Defective product deaths. If your relative died because of a defect in a product — for example, a failure of a car component — you may be eligible for a wrongful death case.

Call the Hanna Law Firm — Wrongful Death Lawyers in West Texas

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At the Hanna Law Firm, we understand that you are grieving. Our job is to handle every detail of your case and fight to win you justice ― so you can focus on yourself and moving forward with your life. To meet with one of our compassionate and skilled wrongful death attorneys, call (432) 580-4878 or fill out our online form and we will get back to you quickly. We have offices in Abilene, Odessa, Sweetwater and Midland, and the initial consultation is free.