Compassionate and aggressive advocacy for the families of wrongful death victims
Wrongful death cases pertain to the loss of a loved one due to the negligent or willful act of another, including criminal behavior. our wrongful death lawyers have nearly 30 years of experience providing steadfast legal support to families in these emotionally charged lawsuits. We help family members recover wrongful death damages and other compensation for the senseless loss of their loved one.
Understanding wrongful death law
No amount of money can truly compensate families for the loss of a loved one, but we can help them move forward when they lose loved ones in fatal construction and workplace accidents and fatal car and truck accidents. We also handle cases involving medical malpractice fatalities. Our firm is often able to obtain compensation in a settlement or by verdict for death and burial expenses and emotional pain and suffering.
We help you and your family navigate the complex wrongful death statutes and laws by addressing the following issues:
Eligibility for filing a claim —In Texas, the parents, the children and the spouse of the deceased may file a wrongful death claim. A child may seek compensation in relation to a parent’s death even if he or she is over the age of 18. In Texas, the deceased’s siblings and grandparents are not allowed to file a wrongful death claim.
Types of damages — Qualified survivors can pursue claims representing the full financial value of the life of a decedent. This includes the income anticipated over a lifetime. The court also considers the remaining family members’ diminished quality of life. Additionally, the estate administrator can pursue compensation for medical and funeral expenses and the pain and suffering experienced by the victim because of the injuries.
Time limits for filing claims — Texas holds a strict statute of limitations when it comes to personal injury cases, including wrongful death. Families have two years to file a claim after the date of death.
There are a couple of exceptions to this. Firstly, if a child’s parent dies before he or she is 18, the two years will begin when the child does turn 18 and is legally able to file. Secondly, sometimes it’s not known until much later that a person died due to negligence. If this is the case, the two year statute of limitations begins once negligence is established as the culprit. Individuals who believe they may have a valid claim should enlist the advice of an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to pursue the benefits they deserve before the statute of limitations runs out.