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Beaumont Wrongful Death Lawyers

Helping Surviving Families in Southeast Texas

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.

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:

    Seek Compensation

    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.”

    Spouses, parents, children, siblings, and certain other family members 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

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

      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.

      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.

      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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      • Clay is our lawyer of choice because he sincerely cares.

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      • From the very beginning Clay and his staff were professional, prompt, caring, sympathetic and resourceful.

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        “I can honestly say he DID go the extra mile in making sure that i was taken care of. He most definitely gave me a positive perspective as far as how a client should be treated and respected. He always asked my opinion before making any kind of decisions...”


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        “Clay did an outstanding job in every aspect of my case. I fired another attorney for poor reprensentation... no communication. When I hired Clay that was no longer a problem! I was very satisfied with him as well as his staff. They were wonderful! Very efficient as well as genuinely caring. When Clay talked.. people listened.. I love that! He is very well respected in the legal community and that is really important. I was very pleased with my total recovery. I highly recommend Clay Dugas! I would hire him again and again! He and his wife and staff was a joy to work with”


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      Why Hire Clay Dugas and Associates
      • You Don't Pay Unless We Win

        Our clients are billed on a contingency basis, which means they don't pay if we don't win.

      • The 18-Wheeler Attorney

        Clay Dugas is a nationally-renowned expert on accidents involving 18-wheeler trucks.

      • Proven Track Record of Results

        Our firm continues to extend its almost-40-year record of victories for our cleints.

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