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Fort Worth Wrongful Death Attorney Gives Your Family Hope for the Future

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The tragic death of a loved one is made even worse when the death could have been prevented, if not for the negligent or wrongful actions of another. At The Law Offices of J. Kent McAfee, P.C., we understand the anger you may be feeling toward the wrongdoer and your fear and uncertainty about facing the future alone. We are here to help you hold the responsible party accountable and recover compensation for your loss. For more than 34 years , attorney McAfee has helped survivors face the future.

What is a wrongful death?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accidental injuries caused 122,777 deaths in the United States in 2011. While not all accidents result in a wrongful death, many accidents can be prevented.

When death follows injuries sustained in an accident caused by the negligence or misconduct of another party, whether the wrongdoer is a drunk driver, distracted big rig driver, defective product manufacturer or business establishment, it is considered a wrongful death and the family or representative of the deceased person’s estate can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.

What are common causes of accidental deaths?

Virtually any type of accident or negligent conduct by another person or business can cause a wrongful death. Common accidents that sometimes lead to wrongful death cases are:

  • Traffic fatalities
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • 18-wheeler collisions
  • Work-related accidents
  • Premises liability, including slip and fall cases
  • Products liability, such as automobile defects
  • Alcohol-related accidents

It has been our experience that alcohol is a factor in a large number of wrongful death cases.

We investigate fatal accidents thoroughly to determine whether the wrongdoer was impaired, and we also do extensive background checks on defendants to uncover the history and circumstances that led to the tragedy.

What kinds of monetary damages can I recover in a wrongful death case?

There is no set value for the life of a human being. Instead, our legal system takes a number of factors into consideration to determine how much money the deceased person’s estate should receive. Each factor relates to a different aspect of the deceased person’s life circumstances, such as:

  • Age and life expectancy
  • Health and intelligence
  • Earning capacity
  • Medical and funeral expenses
  • Family members, their needs and their losses
  • Interest on losses incurred since the date of death

You may also be awarded punitive damages, which represent additional monetary compensation. The purpose of punitive damages is to punish the wrongdoer and to deter similar conduct in the future. Punitive damages may be enhanced if this was not the defendant’s first offense. We do a thorough workup in every case to uncover the defendant’s history.

Schedule a free consultation with an attorney in Fort Worth

At The Law Offices of J. Kent McAfee, P.C., we want to help you hold the wrongdoer responsible for the loss of your loved one and to help secure your family’s financial future. After-hours and weekend appointments are available as needed to fit your schedule. Call 817-332-7676 or visit us online today to make an appointment.

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