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Beaumont Wrongful Death Lawyers

Wrongful Death Claims

Losing someone you love is never easy. But losing someone you love simply because another person or business didn’t care enough to consider the true costs of their actions is something no one should ever have to experience.

At Clay Dugas and Associates, we understand what a difficult time this is for the people and families we represent. We have seen firsthand the devastation, anger, and grief these needless tragedies leave behind. We are here to help.

Have you lost a loved one due to someone else's negligence? Contact our wrongful death attorneys in Beaumont at (409) 226-0990 to learn more about your options.

Causes of Wrongful Death

As a firm, we provide diligent, dedicated, and aggressive representation on behalf of clients in the Beaumont area and throughout Southeast Texas in wrongful death claims resulting from:

    Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Texas?

    In Texas, surviving spouses, parents, and children and certain other family members may be able to obtain compensation by filing a wrongful death claim.

    Wrongful Death Damages

    A wrongful death claim may be able to obtain compensation for the following:

    • Medical and funeral expenses
    • The loss of expected future income
    • The loss of companionship
    • The loss of benefits
    • The loss of inheritance in the case of minor children

    Punitive damages may be awarded in certain cases, such as drunk driving accidents and deaths related to sexual abuse.

    Survival Actions

    In addition to wrongful death, the state of Texas also allows for “the estate” of the person who was killed to obtain compensation for conscious pain and suffering as well as punitive damages—if it can be shown that the person lived for a period of time after sustaining their injuries. This type of lawsuit is known as a “survival action.”

    In either a wrongful death lawsuit or a survival action, our goal is to exceed your expectations in every way and to help you understand and feel more comfortable with the legal process. And while we are always aggressive in trying to resolve cases as quickly as possible in order to get you the financial help you need—we are equally dedicated to making sure that we handle the case correctly at the same time.

    Worker Death Lawsuits

    When a worker dies on the job, the tragedy is overwhelming for the family. When the worker was covered by workers’ compensation insurance, the widow and family can receive benefits according to the schedule of benefits. There is a maximum and that maximum can be limited in time depending on certain circumstances.

    Worker Death Benefits

    The maximum death benefit paid is $861 per week. This weekly benefit is paid until the spouse dies unless the spouse remarries. If the spouse remarries, then the benefit is limited to a total of 104 additional weeks during the subsequent marriage. This means that these death benefits are measured by the amount of time the benefits pay out and whether or not the spouse remarries.

    Third Party Claims

    Some workplace injuries may be caused by some person or entity who is not the employer. These are called third party claims. In a third party claim, the worker’s family can bring a lawsuit against another contractor or person and sue them for the wrongful death of the worker. The wrongful death claim is not affected or limited by workers’ compensation insurance so long as the worker was never employed by the party or defendant being sued.

    The wrongful death claim will be based on negligence of the party being sued and while gross negligence may in fact be involved, the gross negligence is not the minimum standard like there is in the claims brought against a worker’s employer with workers’ compensation insurance. This means it is far easier to prove a case of liability to the jury and easier to obtain successful verdicts.

    To learn more about your rights and legal options in a wrongful death or worker death claim, contact Clay Dugas and Associates at (409) 226-0990 to schedule a free initial case consultation. We offer legal help in English and Spanish.

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