Death under any circumstances can be hard to prepare for, but when it occurs due to someone else's negligence, it is increasingly more troubling. As the loved one left grieving, you may be unaware that you have the opportunity to file a wrongful death claim with a Houston personal injury lawyer, and can potentially collect damages for your suffering, bringing justice to the situation.
Under Texas law, you can file a wrongful death claim if the loss of your loved one occurred due to another individual's negligence, carelessness, or lack of skill. A Pasadena Texas wrongful death attorney from our firm can assess your case to determine if your circumstances meet the criteria necessary for a wrongful death claim and help you move forward with the process.
What Compensation Can I Recover With a Wrongful Death Claim?
In order to file a wrongful death claim, you must be directly related to the individual who passed away. You can file if you are the surviving spouse or a child or parent of the deceased individual. It is also important to note that if a direct relative does not file within three months, the individual's estate administrator can choose to file a wrongful death claim for them.
Although no amount of money will ever truly compensate for your loss, it is often beneficial to recover damages, particularly for medical bills or supplementary income, and our Houston personal injury lawyer can help you do just that.
Individuals Are Often Compensated for the Following Losses
- Loss of love and companionship
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Lost earning capacity
- Mental distress
- Lost inheritance
Any damages that are recovered from a wrongful death claim will be distributed amongst all surviving family members according to the losses suffered. The surviving spouse typically receives the highest compensation.