Houston Wrongful Death Lawyer
Few events are as traumatizing as losing a family member in an accident. One day, your loved one gets up to go to work or school, and they never come back. Family members are left trying to find their way back to something approximating normal life.
An unexpected death can also harm a family financially. If your spouse dies, you will lose out on a critical source of income. Children who lose a parent also can find themselves struggling financially and unable to get on their feet. Please call Henrietta Ezeoke Law Firm for assistance. In Texas, certain family members can bring a lawsuit for compensation when a loved one is wrongly killed. These legal claims are not easy to make, but our firm has handled many over the past 20 years. Contact us as soon as possible for a consultation with a compassionate Houston wrongful death lawyer.
What is a Wrongful Death in Texas?
A wrongful death claim is a civil cause of action. This law allows certain family members to bring a civil lawsuit for money damages against the person or entity responsible for the death. A wrongful death case is not a criminal case, which the prosecution files in court. Instead, if successful, we can force the defendant to pay compensation for certain losses you have suffered.
Many wrongful deaths stem from:
- Car wrecks
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian collisions
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Premises liability accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Dog attacks
- Defective products
- Negligent security
- Violent attacks
Under the law, a spouse, child, or parent can file the lawsuit, either jointly or individually. After three months, the estate’s executor has the right to file the lawsuit on behalf of the estate, unless the family objects.
If successful, we can force the defendant to compensate you for damages. Of course, no amount of money can replace a child, parent, and spouse. Nonetheless, these claims can provide a financial cushion to family members struggling after the death. Compensation also holds the defendant legally accountable to some extent.
Damages in a wrongful death claim can include:
- Your loved one’s earnings had they lived
- Services your loved one would have provided
- Funeral/burial expenses
- Loss of guidance, companionship, and love
Review your case with an experienced Houston wrongful death attorney. Every case is unique, and our firm will provide an individualized assessment of the damages you can claim.
The estate might also file a survival action. This claim compensates for the suffering and other losses endured by the deceased between the accident and death. For example, a survival action is a good way to seek compensation for medical bills to treat your loved one’s last illness, as well as other damages.
Compassionate Legal Representation
The Henrietta Ezeoke Law Firm can answer any questions you might have after a family member’s unfortunate passing. Many people are in the dark about what happened, and police do not share any information. We can provide an overview of how a wrongful death claim will proceed. Please contact us today if you would like to meet for a consultation with our Houston wrongful death lawyer.