Houston Wrongful Death Lawyer
Losing a loved one due to another person’s or entity’s negligence is a devastating experience. While nothing can replace that loved one, families may obtain a sense of justice and receive compensation for their loved one through a wrongful death lawsuit.
At AK Law Firm, our Houston wrongful death attorneys are compassionate and sympathetic when helping people just like you who lose family members in preventable accidents. Our lawyers are experienced in wrongful death claims and consider surviving family members’ needs during negotiations or litigation.
While no amount of money can make up for your loss, a wrongful death claim may provide the closure and sense of justice your family deserves. It could also give you the needed financial resources to help you continue with your lives.
Choose AK Law Firm for our:
- Respectful and considerate customer service
- Diligence in answering family members’ questions
- Clear communication and regular updates on wrongful death case status
Contact us now to talk to a knowledgeable Houston wrongful death lawyer for free.
How Can a Wrongful Death Attorney Help?
At AK Law Firm, we understand the grief and loss of losing a family member. As wrongful death attorneys, we want to take as much of the legal burden of pursuing a wrongful death claim off of your shoulders. Surviving family members must know their legal options for securing compensation now and in the future to meet their needs.
You should focus on your emotional and physical well-being at this time and allow AK Law Firm to handle the following on your behalf:
- Manage all communication with the insurance company(s)
- Contact bill collectors to advise them a wrongful death claim is pending and when to expect payment
- Investigate your loved one’s death to collect all available evidence and identify all potential sources of compensation
- Calculate all of the costs and losses you experienced and will experience as a result of your loved one’s death
- Negotiate with the insurance company(s) to obtain a just and proper wrongful death settlement
- Take your wrongful death case to court if the insurance company refuses to pay sufficient compensation
There is a limited amount of time to file a wrongful death claim in Texas. Please do not delay meeting with one of the knowledgeable wrongful death lawyers at AK Law Firm so we can investigate your claim. There are no upfront fees, and we only get paid when we recover compensation for you.
What is Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death occurs when a person dies as a result of the negligent or wrongful act of another. The at-fault party does not need to be a person. It can be a company, government agency, or any other entity.
A wrongful death claim is a civil lawsuit allowing certain surviving family members to hold an at-fault party responsible for intentional or unintentional actions that cause death to a family member. Although all states provide for wrongful death claims, the amount of compensation, and who may sue varies by state.
Texas Wrongful Death Laws
In Texas, the surviving spouse, adult children, legally adopted and biological, and legal parents of the deceased person may file a wrongful death claim. They may file individually or as a group. If none of these people file a wrongful death claim within three months of the date of death, the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate may file the claim.
There are parties ineligible to file a wrongful death claim. An adopted child may not file a claim for the wrongful death of a biological parent, and surviving siblings may not file a wrongful death claim for the loss of a brother or sister.
A wrongful death claim is a civil claim filed in civil court. Family members file the claim to get money damages from the at-fault party. This differs from a criminal murder case.
A murder case seeks a criminal conviction and time in prison. A prosecutor for the county or state files a criminal case.
Types of Incidents That May Qualify as Wrongful Death
The causes of wrongful death vary. Some of the most common types of wrongful death claims are the following:
- Car Accidents. Car accidents are the most common cause of wrongful deaths. Negligent acts while driving such as speeding, reckless driving, not paying attention to the road, drunk driving, driving under the influence, and texting often result in the wrongful death of one or more parties.
- Medical Malpractice. With caseloads growing and staff shortages, even the best doctors and other medical providers fail to provide proper medical care, give a correct diagnosis, prescribe the right medication, or simply make mistakes leading to the wrongful death of patients.
- Accidents at Work. Occupations like construction jobs carry a high risk of wrongful death and work injuries. However, wrongful deaths may occur in an office or the performance of any workplace-related task.
- Defective Products. When a person dies due to a defective or dangerous product, the product manufacturer is liable. Wrongful death from defective products can include pharmaceuticals, toxic foods, unsafe toys, and defective automobile parts.
- Semi-Truck Accidents. Due to their size, loads, mechanics, and potential driver error, semi-truck accidents are more likely to result in death.
- Pedestrian Accidents. Pedestrians have nothing to shield themselves from oncoming cars and are sometimes difficult for drivers to see. Therefore, negligent drivers are more likely to cause fatal pedestrian accidents when they strike.
- Aviation Accidents. Although rare, aviation accidents result in fatalities. Pilot error and mechanical problems are the biggest causes of fatal accidents.
What Damages are Recoverable in a Wrongful Death Claim?
The purpose of compensation for a Texas wrongful death claim is to compensate the surviving family members and the deceased’s estate. The money damages are divided by the court amongst the surviving family members in proportion to their injuries suffered. Typical compensation for wrongful death includes:
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of the care, maintenance, services, support, and counsel of the deceased
- Mental and emotional anguish, pain, and suffering
- Loss of the love, companionship, comfort, and society of the deceased
- Loss of inheritance
- Medical and burial expenses
Judges sometimes award punitive damages in Texas wrongful death claims. Punitive damages are punishment for willful or grossly negligent behavior. Speak with a wrongful death lawyer from our firm to learn more about what compensation you may be able to recover under Texas law.
Contact Our Houston Wrongful Death Lawyers Today
If you have any questions about the circumstances of a family member’s death in Houston, contact AK Law Firm now. Our experienced Houston wrongful death attorneys are ready to help you in this time of pain and grief. We will answer your questions surrounding wrongful death lawsuits and work quickly to determine the proper legal path forward for you. Schedule your free consultation today.