Wrongful Death Lawyers
Losing a loved one is a difficult experience. The grieving process alone carries a heavy weight on friends and family members, especially when trying to simultaneously plan services. While legal action might be the last thing on your mind, it’s important when an individual or entity is responsible for your loss. Although compensation will never replace your loved one or the pain that their death has brought forward, it can help overcome financial hardships you may face in their absence.
The Law Offices of Houston M. Smith can help you navigate the legal process during this difficult time by filing a timely wrongful death claim. Our team of attorneys have experience recovering financial compensation after wrongful death.
What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Wrongful death is a type of legal claim against a person, organization, or other entity who can be held liable for the death of an individual. Wrongful death is, therefore, a type of personal injury that may happen due to accident or neglect. Claims are usually filed by a surviving spouse or family member of the deceased. The aim of wrongful death suits is to obtain financial compensation to make up for the loss of income, expenses, funeral costs, etc. associated with the passing of a loved one.
While every state is different, the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in Texas is two years from the time of death. This means it’s important to act quickly to avoid any complications or legal roadblocks.
Wrongful death can occur from a number of unfortunate accidents. Oftentimes, these occur in the workplace, but they can also occur on a private establishment, in public, or due to defective products. Some of the most common causes of wrongful death include:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Train accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Airplane accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace injury
- Nursing home abuse
- Defective products
- Criminal acts
- Dangerous drugs
- Animal attacks
How Can a Wrongful Death Attorney Help?
Wrongful death attorneys fight for their clients’ right to a fair settlement. To do this, it’s important that the death claim is assessed in detail to prove the basis of the claim. Law firms specializing in wrongful death will also work hand-in-hand with the insurance company to reduce the risk of settling for compensation that’s lower than what you deserve.
Once the claim is filed, wrongful death lawyers will provide continuous legal advice until the case is finalized and you receive your compensation. This may include things like representing you in court, gathering medical documents, questioning witnesses, partnering with medical experts, and negotiation with settlement offers. Houston M. Smith works to take the heavy lifting out of these types of cases, so families of lost loved ones can grieve and get the emotional support they need.
If you’ve recently lost a loved one unexpectedly, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our lawyers today. We’re committed to working with our clients to get them the financial compensation they deserve, without adding additional stress to the grieving process. Contact us today for your free case evaluation at (945) 468-7866 or send us an email to schedule a consultation.