Houston Wrongful Death Attorneys Serving All Of Texas
In this difficult time, you need an experienced Texas lawyer you can trust
At the Ferrell Law Group, we are committed to providing compassionate and personalized legal representation to our clients. For more than 30 years, our wrongful death attorneys have guided and supported Texas families of fatal accidents and toxic exposure victims through the legal process.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by negligence, you can trust the Ferrell Law Group to stand by you every step of the way. We know this is a difficult and delicate time, which is why you need an experienced Houston wrongful death lawyer to keep your case moving forward while you focus on rebuilding and healing.
What is a wrongful death?
In Texas, a wrongful death has occurred when a person dies as a result of someone else's negligence or intentional act. The victim’s surviving family members or beneficiaries may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages for the loss of their loved one.
Wrongful death can happen in various scenarios, including:
- Car accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Defective products
- Exposure to toxic substances
In Texas, wrongful death also includes loss of a fetus (such as a miscarriage caused by a car accident), unless it is caused by medical negligence.
What is the Texas statute of limitations on wrongful death lawsuits?
The statute of limitations is the time limit set by the law to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In Texas, the statute of limitations on wrongful death lawsuits is two years from the date of the victim’s death. Failing to file the lawsuit within the statute of limitations can result in the dismissal of the case. However, there are some exceptions to the two-year statute of limitations, so it is best to consult with a Texas personal injury attorney to determine the statute of limitations that applies to your case.
Wrongful death compensation and legal options
If your loved one died in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence or intentional act, you may have legal options to pursue compensation for your loss. In Texas, the surviving spouse, children, and parents of the deceased can file a wrongful death lawsuit. If the deceased had no spouse, children, or parents, the executor of the estate can file the lawsuit on behalf of the next of kin.
Among the damages for which a spouse, child, parent, guardian, or in some cases grandparent, can demand compensation are:
- Economic damages. These damages cover the financial losses incurred as a result of the victim’s death, such as lost income, medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses, and loss of future earning capacity.
- Non-economic damages. Compensation for the non-financial losses, such as the pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of companionship, and emotional distress suffered by the surviving family members.
- Exemplary (punitive) damages. These damages are rarely awarded. They are meant to punish the defendant for their egregious conduct and deter others from engaging in similar conduct.
Compassionate, knowledgeable wrongful death attorneys serving Texas
Losing a loved one due to wrongful death can be a devastating experience. The Ferrell Law Group is here to help you during this difficult time. Learn more about your legal options. There is no charge for this consultation and no obligation to hire us, just answers. Contact us to schedule your free case consultation today.