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.
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.
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. 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.
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
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.
Time is of the essence – call our Houston wrongful death attorneys 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.
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, we 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