When people, companies, and other entities act negligently, they can be held liable. When this negligence causes the death of an innocent person, the deceased’s surviving loved ones can file a wrongful death claim in order to seek compensation for losses associated with the incident. A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action, separate from any criminal actions that may occur.
If your loved one was killed unexpectedly, you are likely dealing with feelings of shock, anger, and extreme grief. At Stepp & Sullivan, P.C., we understand that no amount of compensation can bring back your loved one or undo the suffering you have experienced. However, a wrongful death claim can help ease the burdens associated with the sudden loss of a family member, as well as hold negligent parties accountable.
Contact our office at (832) 501-2823 to request a confidential consultation with one of our wrongful death attorneys in Houston.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Texas?
State law governs who may and who may not file a wrongful death claim in Texas. Additionally, there are specific laws regarding the timeframe for which each qualified individual may bring a claim.
In Texas, the following people may file a wrongful death claim:
- The deceased’s surviving spouse
- Any surviving children of the deceased, including adult and adoptive children
- A parent/parents of the deceased
- The personal representative of the deceased’s estate
The surviving spouse, children, and/or parents of the deceased have three months to file a wrongful death claim, either together or separately. If, after this three month period, none of these parties have brought a claim and none have specifically requested that no wrongful death claim be filed, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate may bring a claim. Adoptive children are allowed to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a parent as long as they were fully legally adopted. The same is true for adoptive parents who lose a legally adopted child due to negligence. Adoptive children cannot file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a biological parent, and siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives may not bring a wrongful death claim in Texas.
Wrongful Death Cases We Handle
At Stepp & Sullivan, P.C., we assist clients who have lost loved ones due to all types of negligence.
Our Houston wrongful death lawyers handle cases involving:
- Nursing home abuse and/or neglect
- Elder neglect
- Elder abuse
- Aviation accidents
- Defective products
- Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents
- Boat accidents
We understand the overwhelming nature of these types of cases, which is why we provide compassionate, personalized legal services for each and every client. Our firm can guide you throughout the entire legal process so that you can focus on spending time with your loved ones, healing, and moving forward.
Learn more about wrongful death claims in Texas when you call (832) 501-2823 or contact us online.