Please accept our condolences on the loss of your loved one. The reality is your loved one’s untimely death may, on top of the pain and suffering, cause your family prolonged economic loss. A Houston wrongful death lawyer cannot erase the past but may be able to recover damages and justice from the liable party.
Please call Ben Crump Law, PLLC for a free consultation with a member of our firm. Call 800-959-1444 today.
Seeking Compensation for Wrongful Death
If your loved one died because of someone’s negligence, you might be entitled to recover compensatory damages.
These damages vary but often include:
- Medical care and attention until your loved one’s passing
- Loss of anticipated lifetime earnings and benefits
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of companionship, consortium, protection, or support
A wrongful death lawyer carefully assesses your situation and pursues financial recovery.
Affordable Legal Services
Our lawyers work on a contingency basis only. You do not pay upfront fees or worry about hourly rates. Our lawyers at Ben Crump Law, PLLC are paid only if we are successful in recovering damages on your behalf.
For a free legal consultation with a wrongful death lawyer serving Houston, call 800-593-3443
What a Wrongful Death Lawyer Does
The Texas Civil Action and Remedy Code § 71.002 defines wrongful death as a “loss of life from a wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default.” You may be entitled to compensation for the emotional and economic loss under these circumstances.
A wrongful death lawyer with our firm can help you recover compensation by:
- Obtaining proof to identify liable parties and establish negligence.
- Valuating your damages, both current and future.
- Filing a claim against the liable party’s insurance (auto, property, malpractice, or personal injury).
- Preparing a case for court if we cannot reach an acceptable settlement with the defendant.
You should not have to worry about legal matters while you are in mourning. A lawyer can protect your rights and pursue compensation so that you may spend this time with your loved ones.
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We Accept Wrongful Death Cases
Wrongful death cases may be complex. Our team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC can help with wrongful death in many types of cases, including:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- 18-wheeler truck accidents
- Uber or Lyft accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Defective medical devices
- Acts of violence
- Negligent security
- Premises liability
- Dog bites
- Slip and fall accidents
- Workplace accidents
Texas has a two-year statute of limitations on wrongful death lawsuits, according to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003.
How We Establish Liability
The burden of proof for a wrongful death civil case is different than in a criminal case. There are certain conditions you must meet in a wrongful death case, such as:
- Establish that the defendant owed your loved one a duty of care to take reasonable measures to prevent harm, injury, or death.
- Show that the defendant breached their duty in some way, such as driving while intoxicated.
- This breach caused your loved one’s fatal injuries.
- This negligence resulted in damages for you and other surviving family members such as medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses.
A lawyer will use evidence to establish liability to help you recover damages.
Gathering Evidence in a Wrongful Death Case
One of the reasons why Ben Crump Law, PLLC has recovered millions of dollars in damages for our clients is our commitment to investigating and understanding each case. We are prepared to examine the circumstances of your loved one’s death and use this evidence to determine liability.
Some common types of evidence in a wrongful death case include:
- Photos and videos
- Witness statements
- Police and accident reports
- Medical records and test results
- Expert testimony
- Relevant background information, such as blood and alcohol tests, previous violations or convictions, or criminal charges
Depending on your case, our lawyers may consult with various subject matter experts to fully understand the psychological and financial impact of your loved one’s passing.
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Who Can File for Wrongful Death
You may pursue damages for wrongful death if you are the spouse, legal partner, child, or parent. If minor children are the only surviving family members, the court may appoint an impartial representative to guide them through the legal process.
How Damages Are Valued
We understand that a life without your loved one is unimaginable for you. However, there are financial implications, along with your emotional and psychological trauma. A Houston wrongful death lawyer will carefully weigh your loss in both tangible and intangible worth.
Tangible worth, or economic worth, are the financial losses from the lack of income, benefits, and other assets that your loved one would have accumulated over the course of a normal life. Intangible or noneconomic worth refers to the emotional impact of losing a spouse, parent, or child.
Factors That Could Affect Compensation
The insurance adjuster and court will take into consideration certain factors that affect the value of your damages, such as:
- Your loved one’s age, health, gender, education, and work experience at the time of passing.
- Your loved one’s financial contributions.
- Number of dependents who relied on your loved one’s income or support.
- Your loved one’s predicted life expectancy had he or she lived.
The court may also consider the circumstances of your loved one’s passing.
Call Today for a Free Consultation
A Houston wrongful death lawyer can help you recover compensation and justice for a death caused by negligence or wrongdoing. Call Ben Crump Law, PLLC for a free consultation with a member of our team at 800-959-1444.