This is the first article in a series which will discuss issues which can arise in Fort Worth, Texas wrongful death cases. We previously discussed the handling of wrongful death matters in general. We are following up on this discussion due to the fact that there are several unique issues which can arise in these types of cases. The goal of our coming articles is to provide information which will assist those, who have suffered a loss, in better understanding their situation. It is also our goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a wrongful death lawyer. If you have lost a loved one then it is vital that you contact an attorney immediately.
We will be addressing several issues over our coming articles. Topics which we will analyze include:
- How comparative fault can apply to wrongful death cases
- Cases which involve multiple defendants and/or corporate entities
- The possibility of a bifurcated trial
- Selecting an attorney for such matters
These are important topics for the surviving loved ones to consider. First, there are many instances in which the defendants may claim that the deceased was at least partially at fault for the accident. This can be especially true in cases involving car accidents, trucking accidents, etc. Second, if the case involved a commercial defendant then it will likely be necessary to identify and name multiple parties. Failing to name all of the parties can result in a victim not receiving the full amount to which they are entitled. Third, defense attorneys will sometimes attempt to split, or “bifurcate,” the trial into two stages. This can potentially prevent a jury from hearing the Plaintiff’s entire story. Finally, making the right selection of counsel can potentially make a difference in the outcome of your case.
One point we cannot stress enough is the need to retain a firm with the resources necessary to handle such matters. Wrongful death cases are highly contested. It is not uncommon for a Plaintiff’s lawyer to pay, up front, hundreds of thousands of dollars in costs for the handling of such cases. Retaining a firm without the resources necessary to front these costs can, possibly, result in your case not being handled properly. This is true regardless of whether the tragedy occurred in Fort Worth, Dallas, or elsewhere in Texas.