If you have experienced a death in the family due to someone else’s negligence, we want you to know that the experienced Houston attorneys at Longoria Law Firm are here to help you through this difficult time. You may have some questions about wrongful death lawsuits, and we will make sure to guide you through this process every step of the way. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation and confidential case evaluation.
Questions About Wrongful Death Lawsuits | Who Can File a Claim?
If the deceased was married, their spouse is eligible to file a wrongful death claim on their behalf. If they were not married, the surviving children can file. In the event that the decedent was not married and had no children, then the parents are eligible to file. It’s important that the family comes to a lawyer together, as one unit, to make sure that the process is done properly.
Questions About Wrongful Death Lawsuits | What Damages are Available?
The first element of damages is called wrongful death damages. Those are for the legal heirs such as the spouse or the children. It matters whether they’re adult children or minor children. We also have survival claims, and that’s regarding the loved one who passed away. Did he suffer as a result of the injuries from the negligent acts that caused his death? Again, it’s important to meet with a lawyer to go over those to make sure that they are all properly brought in the lawsuit.
Questions About Wrongful Death Lawsuits | How Much Will It Cost to Bring a Claim Forward?
Litigation can be expensive. Each case is special and unique on how it costs or to determine which experts, if any, are going to be hired to bring the claim. It’s important to meet with a lawyer to have them go over what those costs may be and why they should be made in the case.
Call Hector today at 713-489-8067 (Houston) or 1-844-357-6337 (toll-free) for a free consultation. He will carefully explain what rights you may have under Texas’ wrongful death statute, as well as what legal options are available to you.