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Accomplished Greenville Wrongful Death Attorneys Seek Compensation for Avoidable Fatalities

Compassionate Texas lawyers represent survivors of fatal accident victims

Greenville, the seat of Hunt County, is known for its rich heritage and hometown atmosphere. But as a hub for multiple federal and state highways, the area has dozens of fatal accidents each year, some of which are the result of the negligence of someone other than the victim. Since 2006, Vice & Henley, PLLC, with an office in Royse City, has offered effective, sympathetic service to the families of wrongful death victims in northeast Texas, fighting to win compensation for their grief and losses arising from the negligent deaths of their loved ones.

What is a wrongful death claim?

A wrongful death lawsuit seeks to recover damages for a death caused by the negligence, neglect or deliberate act of another person. The death may, for instance, occur as a result of an automobile accident, medical malpractice, a dangerous condition on property or a crime. A wrongful death suit may be filed by the deceased victim’s surviving spouse, children — even if adult — or parents or any combination of them. If none of them sue within three months after the death, the lawsuit may be filed by the personal representative of the decedent’s estate, unless a surviving family member asks the personal representative not to file. The lawsuit must usually be filed within two years of the death, although it may sometimes be filed later. If you think that your parent, child or spouse died as the result of another person’s fault, we can determine if you have a wrongful death claim and whether you can file in a timely manner. If so, we will build a case for liability and sue the parties at fault on your behalf.

What damages can you recover in a wrongful death case?

Nothing can fully compensate you for the loss of a loved one, but a wrongful death claim can allow you to receive reimbursement for:

  • Loss of the inheritance you would have received but for the death
  • Loss of the decedent’s care, maintenance, services, support, advice and counsel
  • Loss of the decedent’s love, companionship, comfort and society
  • Your mental anguish, pain and suffering

Exemplary damages (amounts in addition to what will compensate you) may be available if the death was caused willfully or by gross negligence.

Texas law also allows a separate cause of action, known as a survival claim, to recover compensation for the decedent’s medical expenses and pain and suffering prior to death, as well as for funeral and burial costs.

The jury decides on the amount of damages and the court decides how to apportion them among the survivors entitled to them. We work hard to assemble the evidence that will maximize the damages the jury will award you.

Contact dedicated Greenville wrongful death attorneys for your free consultation

Vice & Henley, PLLC in Rockwall County, Texas represents clients in a range of personal injury cases, from car accidents to wrongful death actions. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 800-531-6803 or contact us online.