Texas Wrongful Death Lawyer
By definition, no person expects the untimely loss of a loved one. When that loss was proximately caused by the negligence, carelessness, or recklessness of another, the devastation can be impossible to bear. If you have lost a loved one in an accident that was caused by the negligence, carelessness, or reckless of an individual or company, then you may be able to bring a wrongful death claim.
Wrongful death claims may arise in a number of contexts. One is workplace accidents. Houston has many plants, and deaths occur on the job with some frequency. A workers’ family and heirs may have a wrongful death claim against the individual or company responsible for causing the accident. The number of examples of incidents that may occur are as varied as the trades practiced by Texas workers. Common examples may include the scenario where company fails to provide necessary assistance, or fails to maintain equipment, and that failure was the proximate cause of the incident causing the death. Another common context in which wrongful death claims arise is car wrecks. According to the Houston Chronicle, Houston Police Department handled 228 fatality crashes in 2019, which was just more than the department handled in 2017.
Under the common law, a claim for wrongful death had to be brought by the decedent's survivors, which usually included only close relatives. In the U.S., each state has laws that deal with possible beneficiaries in a wrongful death claim, as well as who may bring a claim on behalf of the deceased. Generally, a wrongful death claim is brought generally brought by family members of the victim. In Texas, potential beneficiaries of a wrongful death claim include spouses, children, and parents of unmarried children. In order to determine if you are eligible to benefit from a wrongful death claim, you should consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney about the circumstances of your case.
Nothing can bring back a life lost. However, a wrongful death claimant can obtain justice in civil court. Depending on the laws of the applicable state, a wrongful death claimant may be able to recover compensation for three types of damages:
• Economic Damages
• Non-economic Damages
• Punitive Damages
Have your loved one died in an accident? Do you believe that the negligent, careless, or reckless actions of another caused the accident? Are you unsure whether you can, or should, file a claim for the wrongful death of your loved one? You should consult with a Texas wrongful death lawyer, Joshua Collum at Collum Law Firm, P.C. The timeframe for making a claim varies by state. If your loved one died, don’t wait – call us for a free case evaluation today at (346) 954-4076.