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Houston Wrongful Death Lawyers
Need To File A Wrongful Death Claim in Houston?
Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult things you will ever face in life. When that tragic loss is due to the negligence of another, the pain and frustration are even more unbearable.
When you lose a family member in an accident or due to the carelessness of a person or company, you have a right to compensation for that wrongful death.
But this isn’t just about money.
We know nothing can ever replace your lost spouse, child, or parent, but the law gives you the right to hold negligent parties accountable.
You and your family should not have to struggle financially because of another person’s negligence.
For real closure, you need real justice. You need Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law.
While dealing with the heartbreak of your loss, you may have a ton of questions about what to do next. You may feel overwhelmed or numb. You may not even know where to start.
We understand, and we’re here to help.
Our Houston Wrongful Death Lawyer offers free confidential consultations, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us now at 800-898-4877, or send us a question online to get more information.
We’re on your side. There is NO cost to get a free consultation right now. If you decide to hire us, you pay nothing upfront, and you will pay absolutely nothing at all unless and until we’ve won your case.
Why Choose Our Houston Wrongful Death Lawyers
Finding the best Houston wrongful death lawyer is an important but personal choice for you and your family. At Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, we know the issues you face and we work tirelessly to support you during this time. Our law firm strives to offer compassionate, legal guidance and support at every turn. We will handle the insurance companies for you, so you can focus on moving through this difficult time with your family.
With over 20 years of experience, our Houston wrongful death attorneys will guide you through the legal process, so you can rest easier. We will handle the insurance companies and make sure you and your loved ones have what you need to move forward in life after suffering such an immense loss.
Since establishing our headquarters in Houston, Texas in 1999, our firm has grown to numerous locations across the country, including hubs in Dallas, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. Along the way, we’ve built a trusted network of partners throughout all 50 states who share our values and our commitment to excellence.
**No matter where you are, it’s our mission to insure that you have the finest representation for your case.**
How Our Houston Wrongful Death Attorneys Can Help
Our lawyers know how to win wrongful death cases. We can hold negligent drivers, companies, and manufacturers accountable for their negligence.
In Houston, experience matters when negotiating and litigating wrongful death cases. Our law firm has over 2 decades of experience representing grieving families in Houston and throughout Harris County.
From the start, our Houston wrongful death lawyers will:
- Identify all potential defendants
- Investigate the accident carefully
- Gather evidence
- Employ experts for testimony
- Document financial and economic losses, as well as non-economic losses
- Negotiate with insurance companies
- Litigate in court, if necessary
Reach out now to learn more about how we can help.
What Are Wrongful Death Laws in Houston, Texas?
In the case of wrongful death, each state has its own laws and statutes. Having a Texas wrongful death attorney evaluate your case ensures you are partnering with someone thoroughly familiar with the Texas Wrongful Death Statute – and how it applies to your unique situation.
There is a deadline, also known as a statute of limitations, for wrongful death claims in Texas. Generally speaking, this statute of limitations is two years from the date of your loved one’s death. (While there are exceptions that may extend this deadline, you need the careful analysis of a knowledgeable wrongful death attorney to determine if these exceptions apply to your case.)
If you wait too long to file your claim, you may lose the right to seek any compensation for the tragedy you have endured. The two-year limit is actually not a very large window when you consider how complicated wrongful death cases can be. They require extensive investigation, evidence collection, and preparation before an attorney can file them.
Don’t wait. A wrongful death lawyer can be an invaluable resource during this time of hardship.
What Is Wrongful Death in Houston?
Under Texas law, a wrongful death occurs due to:
- a wrongful act
- neglect and negligence
Under these broad terms, the specific causes of wrongful deaths can vary substantially. For example, wrongful death claims may result from the following fatal accidents:
- Car accidents caused by negligent drivers or dangerous road conditions
- Trucking accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Slips, trips, and falls due to hazards on someone’s property
- Accidents caused by defective or dangerous products
- Dog bites or other animal attacks
- Fires caused by dangerous conditions or faulty wiring and electrical systems
- Construction site accidents
- Medical malpractice or hospital errors
- Nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect
- Violent assaults
Because so many acts can form the basis of a wrongful death lawsuit, the best way to stay informed about your legal rights is to discuss what happened with an experienced Houston wrongful death lawyer.
Houston Wrongful Death Claims and Survival Claims
In Houston, only a parent, a child, or spouse may file a wrongful death claim. This claim is based on the personal relationship of each family member to the deceased. The Houston judge or jury will hear evidence and determine the losses each person suffered as a result of their loss.
Wrongful death damages include:
- Loss of emotional support
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of companionship and love
- Mental anguish
- Loss of inheritance
A survival claim is different. A survival lawsuit values the damages of the deceased. In other words, this is compensation for losses the deceased suffered. This can include:
- Pain and suffering by the deceased
- Mental anguish
- Funeral or burial expenses
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
You must show the courts that you are able to file a survival claim on behalf of the deceased’s estate. The value of the survival claim will then be awarded to the estate and distributed among the heirs.
To determine whether you can file a Houston wrongful death claim or a survival claim, it is important to contact our law firm. We can evaluate your case and help you explore all your legal options.
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