There are few things more painful than losing a loved one. When a family member dies due to another party’s negligence or wrongdoing, processing your feelings can be even more difficult. If you lost a loved one due to the carelessness of another person, company, or government entity, an experienced Houston wrongful death lawyer may be able to help.
At Sutliff & Stout, our Texas lawyers represent families of people who died in all types of accidents, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, and train accidents.
To speak with a Houston wrongful death attorney about your case, contact us today. Call Sutliff & Stout at (713) 987-7111 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Texas law provides the survivors of those wrongfully killed with a path to justice. By filing a wrongful death lawsuit, surviving family members can gain financial security as well as a sense of closure in knowing that those responsible for their loved one’s death will be held accountable by a court of law.
Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death in Texas?
Texas law allows the spouse, children, and/or parents of a deceased person to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed against any person or company responsible for the death of a loved one. In some cases, a wrongful death lawsuit can be brought against the government. Wrongful death lawsuits can be filed after any kind of accident, including those involving medical malpractice or defective products.
What Damages are Available in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
The term “damages” refers to a sum of money awarded by a court to compensate someone for an injury or loss. Texas wrongful death law allows victims to recover many different types of damages, including the loss of their deceased family member’s income and financial support, the loss of the deceased family member’s companionship, the loss of an expected inheritance, and mental anguish and suffering.
An experienced Houston wrongful death lawyer can help your family understand what types of damages you may be able to recover by filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
What is a Survivorship Claim?
Under Texas law, a survivorship claim is a legal claim made by the estate of a deceased person. This type of claim allows the deceased person’s estate to recover the costs of medical bills, funeral and/or burial expenses, and pain and suffering estate the deceased person endured prior to his or her death. A survivorship claim is different than a wrongful death lawsuit. A Houston wrongful death lawyer can explain whether a survivorship claim is right for your family.
Is There a Time Limit on Wrongful Death Lawsuits?
A procedural rule known as a statute of limitations requires you to bring a wrongful lawsuit within a certain period of time. Typically, family members must file a wrongful death lawsuit within two years of the date on which their loved one died. In some cases, this time limit is measured from the date on which your loved one’s fatal injury occurred.
Because the statute of limitations can prevent your wrongful death lawsuit from being heard, you should contact a qualified wrongful death lawyer as quickly as possible after losing a loved one. These rules apply regardless of how strong your case is.