Let Our Friendswood Wrongful Death Lawyer Help
At SJ Injury Attorneys, we know that losing a loved one is often the most challenging obstacles a family will ever go through. Matters can be made even worse knowing that your loved one was taken earlier than they should have been due to the negligent or reckless actions of another. While no amount of monetary compensation can account for your loss, bringing justice to your incident is so crucial during this trying time.
That is why our Friendswood wrongful death lawyer is here to provide the guidance and support you need during this overwhelming time. Whether your loved one was lost due to a DWI accident or a workplace incident, you can turn to our firm for trustworthy and compassionate counsel.
Do not go through this time without a legal advocate you can rely on. Call our seasoned team today to set up a free consultation.
Who can file a wrongful death claim?
When a loved one is lost, it can bring frustration and overwhelming emotion. The good news is that there are legal options for securing justice on behalf of your loved one.
The following individual may file a claim of wrongful death:
- Spouses or partners
- Children (whether dependent or not)
- Adopted children
- Adoptive parents
Any of these individuals may choose to file separately or together following the death of a loved one. Unfortunately, siblings are not allowed to file wrongful death claims in Texas. It is important to understand that wrongful death claims can only be made for monetary damages and will not have an impact on any criminal proceedings or trials.
What can be obtained in a wrongful death claim?
Similar to other injury claims, a wrongful death claim can be filed to compensate family members and loved ones who were emotionally, financially, and physically dependent on the lost loved.
These damages can include the following:
- Loss of earning capacity for a family
- Loss of care, counsel, maintenance, and support
- Mental and emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of love, companionship, and comfort
- Loss of inheritance that children would have received
- Funeral costs and related hospital bills
In some cases, exemplary damages may be awarded. These are reserved for cases involving a willful act or gross negligence. These damages are used to punish the wrongdoer and essentially aims to curb similar incidents from happening in the future.
If you need to move forward with filing a wrongful death claim, reach out to our Friendswood firm right away or fill out a free case evaluation. We are here to provide the support you need.