This post is written to conclude and recap our series on issues which can be unique to the handling of wrongful death cases in the Fort Worth area. We felt it was necessary to address this topic due to the fact that, for obvious reasons, many individuals do not know how to proceed after a loved one has been lost to another’s negligence. While this is understandable, the fact of the matter is that immediate steps must be taking to protect one’s rights. The protection of those rights is why it is important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The goal of our last several articles has been to provide information which will help people to better understand their options. It has also been our goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a lawyer. If you are in need of assistance then contact counsel immediately.
We have addressed a number of topics over our recent articles. The issues which we have analyzed included:
- Applying Texas’ comparative fault laws to wrongful death cases
- Dealing with wrongful death cases which involve multiple defendants
- Dealing with a bifurcated trial
- Selecting an attorney for a wrongful death case
We chose to address these topics for multiple reasons. First, it may be possible for the surviving loved ones to recover damages even if the deceased was partially at fault for the accident. Texas will allow victims to recover as long as the jury finds that they were no more responsible for the incident than was the defendant. Second, the involvement of multiple defendants (such as businesses and other entities) can greatly complicate such matters. It is important to understand the nuances involved in handling these complications. Third, it is not uncommon for the defense to attempt to “bifurcate” such matters – which means that the case will be heard in two stages. Finally, your selection of counsel can make a difference in the outcome of your case.
One point we stressed throughout this series is that one should retain a wrongful death attorney with extensive experience and resources. No two cases are the same and the handling of such matters can require a firm to front large amounts of money for experts and other expenses. Failing to retain a firm without adequate experience or resources can result in you not receiving the representation you deserve. This is why we always suggest that those in Fort Worth, Dallas, and other areas retain a firm in which the attorneys are Board Certified in Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. We also suggest that your firm employ an on-staff investigator and that it have substantial financial backing. Contact counsel immediately if you are in need of assistance.