We care for our family and other loved ones so much that it is almost incomprehensible that the simple act of going to work or driving in your car can lead to an untimely death. When we are reeling from the devastation of losing someone so very important to our everyday lives, the last thing we want to think about is lawyers, going to court, or any sort of legal claim. Unfortunately, wrongful death law doesn’t give us unlimited time to get over what happens when the unexpected occurs. Texas law defines wrongful death as the “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default” that causes the death of another person.
A wrongful death claim arises when someone dies because of the negligence of another individual or company. Only the individuals designated under the law can bring a lawsuit for wrongful death. In Texas, those people include the spouse and children of the deceased, among other potential parties who may have been financially supported by the loved one who was lost. Each party can file their own case – not all parties have to hire one lawyer together.
Wrongful death claims can arise from a wide array of scenarios, so it is important to investigate the details surrounding each case as soon as possible to prevent vital information and evidence from being lost, misplaced, or damaged. Some of the most common causes of Texas wrongful death include:
- Workplace negligence
- Medical malpractice
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Defective products
- Slip and fall accidents
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
The damages you can expect to recover in a case like this can include but are not limited to loss of consortium, lost wages and loss of future earnings, funeral costs, medical expenses, pain and suffering and mental anguish, and more. In some wrongful death cases, surviving family members may be entitled to what the law calls punitive damages. Unlike the other damages mentioned, the point of punitive damages is to punish the responsible parties and help ensure similar acts do not happen in the future.
While it’s impossible to image how you would put a price tag on the life and loss of someone you care for, your attorneys will do everything they can to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions so no one has to suffer the loss you have lived through and to help you get the financial compensation you deserve and need to move forward.
Houston Wrongful Death Attorneys
Recovering from the unexpected death of a loved one takes time, and while you deserve to grieve you don’t have unlimited time to let the wrongful death of a loved one go unanswered. Our Texas trial lawyers are ready to help you through this difficult time. You don’t have to fight this battle alone. Together, we can explore your options for financial compensation and help your family move forward as best it can in the aftermath of such a devastating loss. For a free consultation with an experienced attorney, contact Dax F. Garza, P.C. today.
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