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Houston Wrongful Death Attorneys

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Nothing can prepare you for coping with the loss of someone you love, and even fewer people know what to do when their loved one is killed by someone else’s negligence. If you lost a family member in an accident, you may be feeling angry, helpless, lost, or a combination of all three.

Our Houston wrongful death attorneys are devoted to fairness and justice – if your family member was killed as a result of someone’s recklessness, you’re entitled to seek compensation, and we can help you.

Call our Houston wrongful death attorney for a free consultation in English or Spanish at (888) 481-9359, or contact us online. Avenge your loved one today with our legal assistance.

What is Considered a Wrongful Death?

According to Texas Statutes section 71.001, an individual or group can file an action for wrongful death if the “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default” of someone causes the death of another. Most states of their own laws regulating who exactly can file a wrongful death lawsuit.

Types of Wrongful Death Claims

There are countless different kinds of accidents that can, unfortunately, result in death, though there are a few common types of accidents our wrongful death lawyers see come up in wrongful death claims.

Common types of wrongful death cases involve:

  • Car accidents: Because of how often Americans drive, car accidents are the leading cause of personal injury claims in the U.S. and is responsible for the majority of fatalities each year.
  • Slip and fall accidents: Anyone can slip on a slipper or uneven surface, and many slip and fall accidents can result in death of the victim hits their head and suffers brain damage, or breaks their neck. Common types of slip and fall accidents include slips on surfaces after a liquid spill or rainy weather, uneven carpeting or stairs, and lack of proper lighting.
  • Workplace accidents: While some industries are inherently more dangerous than others, virtually anyone can die from a workplace accident. Construction workers are known to experience the highest risk of death on work sites that involve heavy machinery, falling objects, and working from heights.
  • Product liability: Consumers can fall victim to defective products all the time, whether through exposure to toxins, explosions, or a defect that causes an accident. Manufacturers are typically held liable for damages for these types of claims. One example of a related claim is when car parts are defective and cause fatal accidents.
  • Medical malpractice: Physicians, nurses, and other medical staff can be held accountable for wrongful death when they fail to diagnose the deceased, or misdiagnose them, preventing them from receiving the treatment they need before their conditions worsened.

It’s worth noting that injured individuals may be in the middle of filing a personal injury lawsuit when they pass away from their injuries. If this is the case, family members are allowed to continue to the case on their behalf.

Who Can File for Wrongful Death in Texas?

In Texas, the surviving children, spouse, and parents of the deceased person can file a claim. One individual can file a claim, or a group can file a joint action together.

If the mentioned individuals choose not to file a claim within three months of the date of death, a claim may be instead filed by the executor of the deceased’s estate unless otherwise specified by a family member.

Children of the deceased must be over 18 to file a wrongful death claim, and adopted children are allowed to file claims if they were legally adopted by that parent. An adopted child, however, doesn’t have the ability to file a claim for a biological parent.

Damages Our Team Can Recover

Our lawyers understand that while your family is grieving, the last thing you need is to be worried about falling into financial debt.

Having to pay your loved one’s medical bills or for their funeral can be stressful, especially because most families don’t ever plan to quickly lose someone they love after an accident.

Through our trial skills and resources, our Houston wrongful death lawyer can recover the following damages:

  • Medical bills, including ambulance rides, surgeries, hospital stays, prescription medications, X-rays, and more
  • Lost income from losing a loved one
  • Loss of companionship
  • Mental and emotional anguish and pain
  • Lost inheritance, which includes what the deceased would have left to surviving family members

Get Started on Your Claim Today

The Houston wrongful death lawyer at Farah Law has years of experience helping clients get back on their feet after a traumatic accident through compassionate counsel and fierce advocacy.

With millions recovered, you can trust our long track record of success. Your family’s journey towards healing begins when you call us to assess your situation.

Time is of the essence – call our Houston wrongful death lawyer now at (888) 481-9359 so we can get started in your free consultation. We’re available 24/7 to respond to our clients’ questions and concerns.