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Houston Wrongful Death Lawyers
Need To File A Wrongful Death Claim?
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.
For real closure, you need real justice.
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 offer 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.
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.**
Reach out now to learn more about how we can help.
What Are Wrongful Death Laws in 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?
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:
- Motor vehicle accidents caused by negligent drivers or dangerous road conditions
- 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.
Who Can File Wrongful Death Suits?
Only certain relations to the victim may pursue wrongful death claims. Friends and colleagues are, unfortunately, excluded.
Instead, only the following people may file wrongful death claims in Texas:
- Surviving spouses
- Children, including adopted children and adult children
- Parents and adoptive parents
Note: Texas law excludes siblings from filing wrongful death claims.
If none of the above parties take action to file a wrongful death lawsuit, the person designated as the executor or personal representative of the deceased’s estate can file the claim.
If you were named as such a representative and believe the death was wrongful and preventable, consult with an attorney now. A skilled wrongful death attorney can help you plan the steps you can take to obtain compensation on behalf of the estate.
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