Losing a loved one is already a painful experience, but the situation can be made much worse when the death is caused by the negligence or intentional act of another party. In these cases, the surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to hold the responsible party accountable and seek compensation for their losses. However, in Texas, some specific rules and regulations govern these cases, and you must meet the state’s requirements outlined in the Texas wrongful death statute before the court hears your case.
At McKinney Vos, we understand the devastating impact that wrongful death can have on your family. That's why we're committed to providing compassionate and effective legal representation to those who have lost loved ones due to the actions of another party. In this blog post, we'll go over the types of wrongful death cases that can arise, who can file a wrongful death claim in Texas, and the wrongful death damages that may be available to you.
Wrongful death cases can arise from a variety of situations, including:
In Texas, the right to file a wrongful death claim is reserved for only certain family members of the deceased. The following are some of the people who may be eligible to file a claim:
Unfortunately, stepchildren, stepparents, and siblings are generally not allowed to file a wrongful death claim in Texas, even if they were financially dependent on the deceased.
In addition to wrongful death claims, Texas also allows for survival claims. These claims are brought on behalf of the deceased's estate and seek compensation for damages the deceased would have been able to pursue had they survived.
Survival damages may include:
Survival claims are distinct from wrongful death claims, but they can be pursued simultaneously in some cases. Working with an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the legal complexities and maximize the compensation available to you is essential to recovering what you deserve.
At McKinney Vos, we understand that no amount of money can truly compensate for the loss of a loved one. However, pursuing a wrongful death claim can help hold the responsible party accountable and provide some measure of financial security for the surviving family members. Our attorneys, Jessica McKinney and Bailey Vos, have extensive experience handling wrongful death cases and are dedicated to providing compassionate and effective legal representation to our clients.
At McKinney Vos, we believe that every family deserves justice and compensation when a loved one has been wrongfully killed. We understand that the aftermath of a wrongful death can be overwhelming and emotional, which is why we offer compassionate and personalized legal representation to each of our clients. We take the time to listen to your story and understand your unique circumstances and work tirelessly to build a strong case on your behalf.
If you've lost a loved one due to the negligence or intentional act of another party, we encourage you to contact our law firm today to schedule a free consultation. During this consultation, we'll discuss the specifics of your case and help you understand your legal rights and options.
At McKinney Vos, we're committed to providing the highest level of legal representation to our clients, and we'll fight tirelessly to help you achieve justice and compensation for your losses. Contact our wrongful death attorneys today to learn more about how McKinney Vos can help you and your family during this difficult time.