Compassionate Help from a Houston Wrongful Death Attorney
Learn Your Legal Options if Your Family Member Died Because of Another’s Negligence
The loss of a loved one is probably the greatest tragedy a family can endure. It’s important to know you may have legal recourse for your family member’s tragic loss through a wrongful death lawsuit. In a successful wrongful death claim, you could get compensation to pay for the monetary and emotional losses you’ve suffered. Our experienced Houston wrongful death attorneys can help you find out. We’ll review your case and explain your legal options.
How a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Can Help You
When a loved one’s death is due to the negligent or intentional actions of another party in an accident or other incident, the impact is even more painful for surviving family members. They are left to cope with the fact that if it weren’t for someone else’s misdeed, their loved one might still be alive. While the emotional effects are devastating, many families also experience serious financial distress. This is especially true if the person who died was a provider.
We know that nothing can ever replace your loved one. But a successful wrongful death lawsuit can ease the financial burden placed on your family by paying for the deceased person’s lost income, medical bills, the mental anguish of those left behind, and more. It can also serve to bring the responsible party to justice.
Call Today to Speak With an Understanding Houston Wrongful Death Attorney
Don’t wait too long to pursue a claim, though. While we know you’re experiencing a very difficult and stressful time, waiting too long to file a claim could potentially hurt your legal case. Contact us today to learn how we may be able to get started helping you. Call our wrongful death lawyers at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 to schedule a free consultation.
Our understanding attorneys provide compassionate legal assistance to clients going through the hardest times of their lives. When you trust us to represent your claim you can be assured we will work hard toward getting you the best outcome possible.
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Our Houston Wrongful Death Lawyer Explains the Claims Process
We Work To Hold Liable Parties Accountable for Their Misdeeds
A wrongful death claim can be filed against any individual or entity that caused your family member’s death through their negligent or intentional actions. There are a wide range of scenarios in which wrongful death can occur and a variety of parties that may be held liable.
For example, if a distracted driver strikes and kills a pedestrian, the driver can be held responsible for the damages suffered by the pedestrian and their surviving family members. The driver might not have intended to cause harm, but they were negligent behind the wheel and are liable for their actions.
Another example would be a doctor who fails to provide a reasonable level of care to their patient. If the doctor’s actions or inactions led to the death of the patient, the doctor can be liable for their negligence through a medical malpractice claim. Nurses and other medical personnel can also be faced with medical malpractice claims if they cause injury and death.
Additionally, if a product causes a fatal injury to a consumer, the designer or manufacturer could be the subject of a wrongful death case through a product liability claim, if the product was defective. Any maker of any type of consumer product that malfunctions and causes harm may be held liable for fatal injuries.
Here are some other examples of parties that may be at fault and made to pay compensation in wrongful death lawsuits:
- Property owners who let dangerous conditions exist that result in slips and falls and other accidents
- Employers whose inattention to safety leads to workplace fatalities
- Government agencies that don’t properly maintain roads, highways, and other infrastructure
- People who violently harm others can also be held liable for wrongful death, in addition to facing criminal charges.
When we handle your case, our wrongful death attorneys will investigate all the evidence involved to establish liability. We will then work aggressively to get you the compensation you need. Many wrongful death claims are settled through negotiations with the insurers of the at-fault parties. Sometimes, however, cases must go to trial before a jury or judge in order to be resolved. No matter how your case progresses, we’ll keep you carefully informed through every step in the process.
How Much Compensation Can a Houston Wrongful Death Attorney Help You Get?
We’ll Review Your Case to Determine All the Damages You’ve Suffered
Wrongful death claims ask for compensation for the losses, or damages, people suffer when a family member dies. Damages are all the economic and noneconomic losses involved.
How much you could get depends on all of the damages. Depending on the facts of the wrongful death case, damages might include things like:
- Medical expenses for your loved one before they died
- Funeral and burial costs
- Emotional pain, mental anguish, and suffering
- Loss of the deceased’s income and future earning capacity
- Loss of inheritance
- The value of lost services provided by the deceased, such as child care, home maintenance, support, advice, and guidance
- Loss of companionship, society, love, and comfort.
Punitive damages may also be awarded in situations when gross negligence is involved. These damages are meant to punish the at-fault party and deter similar behavior in the future.
A skilled wrongful death attorney from the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant can help you understand the damages you and other survivors might get based on the circumstances of your case. Call us at (713) 973-8888 to arrange a free consultation.
Who Can File Wrongful Death Lawsuits?
Only Certain Family Members Are Eligible to Make Claims
Only certain eligible family members can file wrongful death claims under Texas law. They are the surviving spouses, children, and parents of the deceased. They can file individually or as a group. If none of these family members files a claim within three months of the death, the personal representative of the deceased may file on behalf of the estate. Grandparents, siblings, aunt and uncles, and other relatives are typically not eligible to file, unless they are also the personal representative.
Compensation in a successful wrongful death claim is divided between eligible surviving family members. In a settlement, family members may decide among themselves how compensation will be divided, assuming they are in agreement. If minor children are involved, the court will appoint someone to represent the child’s interests. When cases are resolved through a trial, the jury will decide what each eligible survivor gets.
Statute of Limitations for Filing Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Speak Directly to a Wrongful Death Attorney to Learn Deadlines for Your Claim
In Texas, a wrongful death claim must generally be filed within two years of your loved one’s death. There are some exceptions to this rule.
Always speak directly to an attorney to know the exact statute of limitations and other deadlines that apply to your claim.
A wrongful death lawyer can advise you about time limits and other deadlines applicable to your specific situation. If you believe that your family member lost their life because of someone else’s negligence, it is important to act quickly to maximize the chances of a successful claim. Contact our Houston wrongful death attorneys for answers.
Insurers Aggressively Dispute Wrongful Death Claims
Our Wrongful Death Lawyer Tenaciously Advocates for Clients
Wrongful death claims usually involve much higher damage awards than other personal injury actions. Insurance companies don’t want to pay out and so will often offer the lowest settlement possible, resisting all attempts at fair compensation. It’s important to have a wrongful death lawyer on your side who knows how to deal with insurance companies. You want a wrongful death attorney who is known by the insurance industry and defense counsel to be a no-nonsense and tenacious advocate for their clients.
In order to succeed, the underlying case that caused the injury that led to death (car wreck, 18-wheeler accident, medical malpractice, workplace injury, etc.) must be successfully argued. Without a favorable verdict or settlement, you cannot collect any damages arising from a wrongful death. A lawyer with experience handling wrongful death cases should be well-equipped to get you the amount of damages you and your family deserve.
If your family member has been killed by a negligent act, but you’re unsure about some of the elements of your case, talk to a wrongful death attorney here in Houston. The team at Terry Bryant will do everything possible to ensure your family receives the best possible representation. Our Houston wrongful death lawyers have extensive experience representing families that have lost a loved one. We know how painful it is for your family to face this tragic loss. We cannot bring your loved one back, but we will work hard to get you fair compensation for all you have been through.
Contact Our Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyers in Houston
We’ll Work to Ease the Financial Burdens of Your Family Member’s Loss
When you’ve lost a beloved family member, your life has been changed forever. You’ve not only lost love and support, but you may also be facing financial hard times. A successful wrongful death legal claim may ease the stress of your economic condition. Call the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000, or fill out our online form to arrange a free case evaluation. Our compassionate wrongful death lawyers in Houston are here to help.