Each year, family members unexpectedly lose loved ones in car crashes, truck collisions, work accidents, and medical malpractice procedures, just to name a few cases. Negligence can happen anywhere, and when people or organizations are operating negligently, people are killed as a result.
If you have suffered this unimaginable tragedy, and are seeking to hold the negligent party responsible for your loved one’s death, there are a few things you should know about wrongful death claims in Houston, Texas.
First, in the State of Texas, only parents, children, or the spouse of the deceased is eligible to file a wrongful death claim. The deceased’s siblings or grandparents are not eligible to file a wrongful death claim. Also, there is no order or seniority regarding who can file the claim as there are in other states. Any eligible family member may file a wrongful death claim, including family members who want to file jointly.
So, why is it so important to have an experienced Houston wrongful death attorney by your side when filing?
When wrongful death compensation is awarded by a judge or jury in Texas, the damages are typically divided equally between the surviving family members who were affected by the death.
At the Nava Law Group, P.C., our Houston wrongful death lawyers will demonstrate the unique financial and personal losses suffered by each family member, so that the judge or jury can assign the appropriate compensation to each member, instead of dividing it equally among the group.
This is important because your financial dependency on the deceased may exceed that of another family member, and you should be awarding the financial recovery you deserve as a result.
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If you have lost a loved one in an accident of any kind, contact our Houston wrongful death lawyers at the Nava Law Group, P.C. today at (713) 218-2424 to determine exactly what type of financial compensation you are entitled to for your tragic loss.