Nothing can describe the pain associated with the loss of a family member, and when that loss is caused by the negligence of another person or party, it can be especially difficult to accept. At Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar, Higginbotham, and Jacob, PLLC, we understand the devastation that families in this situation are experiencing. Committed to seeking justice for those affected by the loss of a family member, our wrongful death lawyers provide individuals with compassionate and aggressive legal representation.

Understanding Wrongful Death Claims

Wrongful death claims are generally initiated by an attorney on behalf of the spouse, children, family, or beneficiaries of the decedent. A wrongful death is legally defined as an unnecessary death that results from the negligence or misconduct of another person or entity. Some common causes of wrongful death are auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, medical malpractice, dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, defective products, natural gas explosions, and other instances of general negligence. With extensive experience representing families with wrongful death claims, our lawyers have investigated cases from all over the world, including Austin, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas.

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Compensatory and Punitive Damages

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Although monetary compensation can never atone for the loss of a family member, it can provide the financial support you and your family need to pay off medical bills, funeral expenses, and other debts incurred as a result of an unexpected death. These types of compensation are called compensatory damages and are meant to help get the victim(s) back to where they started financially before the loss of their loved one. Sometimes, families affected by a wrongful death are eligible for punitive damages as well. Punitive damages are meant to penalize the party at fault and to discourage it and others from acting irresponsibly in the future. If you are the spouse, child, or parent of someone who was killed as a result of negligence, the wrongful death lawyers in Austin can help you and your family recover compensation for:

  • The pain and suffering of the decedent prior to death
  • Expenses for medical care prior to death
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • The loss of companionship, affection, love, and moral support the family member would have provided
  • The loss of service from the family member
  • The loss of support or financial contributions from the family member

Case Results

You can look at our national reach page to see our success in states across the United States. You can also see our full results on our case results page. Here are some of the cases that we have won on behalf of clients:

Wrongful Death

Confidential Settlement Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Our firm represented the family of Egypt’s Vice Minister of Security in a lawsuit that arose from the death of the general’s wife of 29 years. Doctors from a hospital in Oklahoma lured her to the United States with a promise of a liver transplant.

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$1,903,961 Trial Judgment

Department of Health Wrongful Death of Child, Choctaw Health Center $1,675,000 settlement on appeal $418,750 attorneys’ fees $105,745 litigation expenses $1,150,505 client recovery after fees and expenses. Chickaway v. United States Choctaw Health Center A 12-year old boy died following a clinic’s failure to diagnose a hip infection, which resulted…

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Federal Government Alleges Academy Sports & Outdoor Violated the Law in the Sutherland Springs Shooting

The Federal Government recently filed a responsible third-party designation in federal court, alleging that Academy Sports & Outdoor violated the law when it sold an AR-15 Rifle and large capacity magazine to Devin Kelley, who later used that weapon to commit mass murder at a Sutherland Springs church. Devin Patrick…

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