Wrongful Death Accidents

Houston Wrongful Death Lawyers

There is no event a family can face more traumatic and emotional than the loss of a loved one.

The death of someone close to you — a spouse, a parent, or a child —leaves a void that can never truly be filled. You learn how to move on and reshape your life without the person you loved, but your life is never the same.

The immediate aftermath of any loss can be overwhelming.

In addition to the pain and grief you’re feeling, there are numerous details that require your attention as you plan for your loved one’s funeral and wrap up his or her financial and legal affairs. There are assets to transfer such as real estate and bank accounts, insurance policies to read, bills to pay, and a will to execute or probate matters to pursue.

When your loved one’s death was caused by another’s negligence, that knowledge may add to the stress and burden you feel. You may be receiving medical or other bills related to the accident that claimed your family member’s life and wonder what you should do about them. You also may be worried about how your family will cope with the loss of income that your loved one provided.

The last thing you may want to think about when grieving a significant loss is a wrongful death lawsuit. However, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your loss through a wrongful death lawsuit or survival action when your family member’s death was due to negligence.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to receive compensation for:

  • Burial costs
  • Loss of financial contributions your family member would have made
  • Loss of care, support, maintenance, advice, and counsel of your family member
  • Loss of the love, companionship, and comfort of your family member
  • Loss of inheritance you may have received if your family member had lived a normal lifespan
  • Mental anguish and physical pain

A lawsuit can’t restore your family member, but it may help you to secure financial peace for your family in the wake of a death — and that’s where a team of dedicated Houston wrongful death lawyers such as those at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can be of value. We have helped countless grieving families like yours to obtain wrongful death compensation and to find justice for an untimely and tragic loss.

However, time is of the essence when you’re considering a wrongful death claim. Texas law requires that a wrongful death lawsuit be filed within 2 years after your loved one’s death. Don’t hesitate to contact us about how our team of lawyers can help you during this difficult time.

Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in Texas

There are two statutes in Texas law governing wrongful death claims. Depending on the circumstances of your family member’s death, both may apply.

Wrongful Death Statute — Chapter 71, Subchapter A of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code allows a surviving spouse, child, or parent to file a wrongful death lawsuit when the “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or deceit” of another party causes the death of their family member. Family members may be able to recover actual damages associated with the wrongful death, such as loss of financial contributions, mental anguish, loss of inheritance, loss of society, and loss of support.

Survival Statute — When a family member’s death isn’t immediate, the Chapter 71, Subchapter B allows for the surviving spouse, child, or parent to file a survival action. A survival action, in essence, allows the family of the decedent to pursue the personal injury damages the decedent could have received if he or she had survived. That may include compensation of medical costs, loss of earning capacity, physical pain, physical limitations, disfigurement, and mental anguish during the time your loved one lived following the accident.

If your loved one’s death was caused by a maritime accident, such as on an offshore oil drilling platform, unique laws covering maritime professions may apply.

  • Death on the High Seas ActThis federal law allows family members of a seaman killed by negligence while working more than 3 nautical miles from the U.S. coastline to pursue compensation of wrongful death damages.
  • Jones ActThis federal law allows surviving family members to sue a seaman’s employer when the employer’s negligence caused the seaman’s death.
  • Outer Continental Shelf Lands ActThis federal law allows surviving family members of workers performing offshore oil and gas exploration on the outer continental shelf to sue for wrongful death damages when their loved one dies because of negligence on the job.
  • Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation ActThis federal law allows the surviving family members of longshoremen and other dock workers to claim wrongful death benefits or to sue for negligence for deaths that occur dockside.

What You Should Know About Wrongful Death Cases

Wrongful death cases can be complicated. If you’ve never been involved in a lawsuit, you likely have many questions about what may happen if you file a wrongful death lawsuit and what possible outcomes to expect. The knowledgeable and experienced Houston wrongful death lawyers at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can answer your questions about your possible wrongful death claim. We offer general information here and recommend that you call us with any additional questions about your specific case.

Wrongful Death Damages

Wrongful Death Damages

We can explain the details of how different laws that may apply in a wrongful death case allow for recovery of damages related to your loss.

Wrongful Death Claims and the Legal Process

Wrongful Death Claims and the Legal Process

The legal process can be confusing and intimidating. We can walk you through what to expect each step of the way.

Grief Resources for Your Family

Grief Resources for Your Family

While financial considerations are undoubtedly important, we can also help you through the grieving process by offering resources designed to provide emotional support and facilitate healing.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Only certain people can recover compensation for a wrongful death. We can explain who can properly be a plaintiff in a wrongful death case.

Wrongful Death Accidents

Wrongful Death Accidents

An accident can happen in the blink of an eye. Tragically, any type of accident has the potential to be fatal under the wrong circumstances. However, some types of accidents more commonly result in fatal injuries than others.

Compassionate Representation for Your Wrongful Death Case

At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we have over 27 years of experience working with families who have lost loved ones to catastrophic accidents. We understand how devastating the loss of a loved one can be and put our best effort into fighting to obtain the maximum possible compensation in every wrongful death case.

We have the experience, skill, and resources to build strong cases — and the compassion that your family needs during your time of grief. We can handle wrongful death claims arising from:

  • Car / Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Maritime accidents
  • Oil and natural gas platform accidents
  • Harbor and dockside accidents
  • Petrochemical accidents
  • Defective product accidents
  • Heavy equipment accidents

Call us today to find out how our team of skilled Houston wrongful death attorneys can help you to move on and rebuild your life after the loss of a loved one.