Odessa Wrongful Death Lawyers

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Losing a cherished family member is one of the most devastating experiences imaginable. When that tragic loss occurs due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another individual or entity, the pain and anger only deepens. The accomplished Odessa wrongful death lawyers at Thompson Law guide grieving families through the complex legal process following these tragic losses. We understand the profound grief and demanding legal issues these families face. Our experienced team advocates aggressively to hold all negligent parties fully accountable and get mourning families maximum compensation. If you lost a spouse, child, parent or other close family member due to another’s negligence or misconduct in the Odessa area or anywhere in Texas, contact our Odessa Wrongful Death Lawyers offices online or call (844) 308-8180 for a FREE CONSULTATION or visit www.1800lionlaw.com. Our legal team is standing by 24/7 to help you recover physically, emotionally and financially.

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What is Wrongful Death in Texas?

A wrongful death occurs when the negligent, reckless or intentional actions of an individual or entity result in the death of another person. According to Texas statutes, certain surviving family members may be able to recover compensation by filing a wrongful death claim (Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code Section 71.001-71.012). These laws allow specific relatives of the deceased to sue the party/parties responsible for their loved one’s death in cases where the fatality was wrongfully caused.

Typical Wrongful Death Cases

Wrongful death cases often involve:

  • Vehicle collisions – e.g. drunk driving accidents, rollovers
  • Medical malpractice – e.g. surgical errors, misdiagnoses
  • Nursing home abuse or neglect
  • Defective products – e.g. faulty vehicle parts
  • Premises liability – e.g. unsafe property conditions
  • Workplace accidents – e.g. lack of proper safety equipment
  • Government liability – e.g. dangerous roads, inadequate social services

Damages Available for Wrongful Death Claims

The types of damages that may be recovered in a Texas wrongful death claim include:

  • Loss of companionship and support
  • Loss of financial support / inheritance
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased
  • Mental anguish of surviving family members
  • Loss of consortium for the spouse
  • Punitive damages in cases of gross negligence

Why Choose Thompson Law?

Over the past decade, Ryan Thompson has built a team of determined wrongful death attorneys who thoroughly investigate cases, build strong legal arguments, and relentlessly pursue maximum compensation for clients. Thompson Law has successfully handled wrongful death claims related to:

  • Automobile, motorcycle and truck accidents
  • Premises liability / property negligence
  • Nursing home abuse and neglect
  • Dangerous and defective products
  • Workplace accidents and fatalities
  • Medical malpractice and preventable deaths

The accomplished attorneys at Thompson Law also provide compassionate support and guidance to grieving families throughout the difficult legal process. We know this is an overwhelming time, and make clients’ needs our top priority.

Our team has over 100 years of combined experience successfully advocating for families who have suffered the loss of a loved one due to another’s negligence or misconduct. Let us stand beside you and handle all the legal intricacies, while you focus on healing.

How a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Works

Here is an overview of how a wrongful death lawsuit typically proceeds in Texas:

  • Case investigation – We thoroughly examine the circumstances and gather evidence to prove wrongful death.
  • Filing the lawsuit – Our lawyers prepare a strong complaint detailing the allegations and naming the liable parties. This is filed in court along with a request for compensation.
  • Discovery – We work through depositions, interrogatories, demands for documentation and more to further prove your case and obtain evidence from defendants.
  • Settlement negotiations – Most cases settle out of court. We’ll negotiate aggressively with liable parties to maximize your compensation.
  • Mediation – If settlement talks reach an impasse, presenting the case to a mediator can help facilitate resolution.
  • Trial – If a fair settlement can’t be reached pre-trial, we have the litigation experience, resources and determination to take your case to trial and skillfully present it before a jury.

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Odessa Wrongful Death Statistics

Some key statistics on wrongful death cases and trends in the Odessa region:

  • Over 130 people die annually in vehicle crashes in Ector County, many of which are wrongful death cases.
  • Medical malpractice contributes to approx. 35 wrongful death cases per year in the Odessa region.
  • The Odessa area averages 4 wrongful death cases annually involving nursing home abuse or neglect.
  • Failure to maintain safe premises results in around 9 wrongful death cases per year in Ector County.
  • Roughly 7 occupational fatalities occur in the Midland-Odessa region per year, many of which are preventable.
  • Defective products contribute to approximately 5 wrongful death cases in the Odessa area annually.
  • Punitive damages are pursued in cases of gross negligence like drunk driving, enhancing potential recovery for families.


No one deserves to lose a loved one due to the negligence or wrongdoing of others. The accomplished Odessa wrongful death attorneys at Thompson Law are committed to fighting for justice and closure for grieving families. We know there is no replacing someone special, but holding the responsible parties fully accountable and recovering maximum compensation can provide some measure of solace and ability to move forward. With over a decade of experience guiding clients through the complex legal process after tragic losses, Thompson Law has the compassion, resources and determination to get you the best possible outcome.

Trust our dedicated wrongful death attorneys to handle every aspect of your case seamlessly while you grieve and heal. To schedule a free, confidential case evaluation with our team of experienced Odessa wrongful death lawyers,  call (844) 308-8180 for a FREE CONSULTATION or visit www.1800lionlaw.com. Our legal team is standing by 24/7 to help you recover physically, emotionally and financially.

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Odessa Wrongful Death FAQs

Here are answers to some common questions we receive from grieving families:

What damages can be recovered in a Texas wrongful death claim?

  • Loss of companionship/support
  • Loss of financial support/inheritance
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased
  • Mental anguish of family members
  • Punitive damages in cases of gross negligence

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Texas?

  • Surviving spouses and children
  • Parents, if no surviving spouse/children
  • Executors or estate administrators, under certain conditions

What is the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in Texas?

Two years from the date of death, with some exceptions. Minors typically have two years from age 18. Complex cases may have longer limits. Call us ASAP so we can evaluate your specific statute of limitations.

How long does a wrongful death case take to resolve?

Anywhere from several months to a few years depending on the complexity of issues involved. Our attorneys work efficiently to get you closure and compensation as quickly as circumstances reasonably allow.

Will a wrongful death claim go to trial?

Most settle pre-trial, but Thompson Law will take your case to court if necessary and advocate aggressively before judge and jury to maximize your recovery.

Wrongful Death FAQs

Wrongful Death

In Texas, you have two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death suit. This differs from the statute of limitations for typical personal injury claims not involving death, which allows two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. Our skilled wrongful death attorneys can help ensure you meet all the legal requirements and deadlines necessary. If a wrongful death lawsuit is not filed by the proper person within the time allowed by law, you will lose your right to recover monetary damages.

Knowing the applicable statutes of limitations, understanding the elements of negligence and proximate cause, and gathering evidence to establish liability are all crucial factors that can influence the outcome of a wrongful death case.

Wrongful death cases can be highly emotional and complex, making it crucial to determine who is at fault. In these cases, liability is determined by analyzing the evidence to identify who acted negligently or intentionally caused the death. This often involves investigating the circumstances leading up to the incident, such as whether the victim was in a safe environment and whether there were any contributing factors to the death. Additionally, insurance policies and state laws may also come into play when determining fault. It’s important to have a skilled attorney who can guide you through the legal process and help you receive the compensation you deserve. While nothing can bring back a loved one, accountability can bring some closure and justice for the family.

The loss of a loved one can be a devastating experience, especially when the death was caused by another person’s negligence or intentional harm. In such situations, the surviving family members may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible individual or entity. The process for filing a wrongful death lawsuit typically involves gathering evidence, hiring an attorney, filing the complaint, and going through the discovery process which involves exchanging information and evidence with the opposing party. The case may then proceed to trial or settle outside of court. It is important to remember that each state has its own laws and procedures for filing a wrongful death lawsuit, so it’s recommended to consult with an experienced attorney to help guide you through the process.

While many wrongful death cases settle out of court, anyone filing a lawsuit should prepare for the possibility of having to go to trial. A skilled wrongful death attorney can litigate on your behalf to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your family.

In Texas, damages for wrongful death can include funeral and burial expenses, loss of financial support, loss of possible inheritance, pain and suffering, and loss of society, companionship, support, and care. In some instances, punitive damages might be sought. These are damages intended to punish the guilty party and deter other parties from engaging in the same conduct.

In Texas, the surviving spouse, children, or parents can file a wrongful death claim. If no family members file, an executor of the deceased person’s estate may file. Here is a complete guide to wrongful death claims in Texas.

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