Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

If you have a recently lost a family member due to the negligence and reckless acts of another individual, you and your family may receive compensation by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact our Houston wrongful death attorneys today to arrange a free consultation and find out how your family can recover damages.

Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit | What is Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death lawsuit is exactly what it sounds like: a lawsuit due to the wrongful death of an individual. It’s a legal cause of action to provide compensation (and sometimes punishment) when a death is the result of someone else’s improper actions (or inaction in some cases).

Not all actions that cause the death of another will result in wrongful death liability. The actions must be the result of someone’s intentional, reckless, careless or negligent behavior. For example, imagine a car accident caused by a commercial truck driver. If the truck driver was drunk, speeding excessively or distracted because he was texting, then the truck driver is probably liable for wrongful death. But if the truck driver paid full attention to the road, obeyed the speed limit, followed all safety regulations and did everything he could avoid the accident, then it’s unlikely he has any wrongful death liability.

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Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit | Who Can File?

Under Texas law, only the deceased’s children, spouse and parents can bring a wrongful death lawsuit. This means you can’t sue for wrongful death due to losing a sibling, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, grandparent or grandchild. It doesn’t matter how close you were to one of these relatives when they died. You are still prevented from suing for wrongful death.

Contact an experienced Houston wrongful death lawyer today to schedule a free consultation. We will help you and your family get the compensation you deserve.