FAQs About Wrongful Death
Below are some frequently asked questions about Wrongful Death:
What Qualifies As Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death is a death that occurs due to another person’s negligence or recklessness. The victim’s family can usually file an insurance claim or a civil lawsuit to seek compensation for their losses. A wrongful death attorney from our team at McLaurin Law can review your case and advise whether you can pursue compensation for the death of your loved one. Texas statute of limitations on these claims is two years from the date of incident.
Who Is Eligible To File A Wrongful Death Claim?
Generally, the following individuals have the right to file a wrongful death claim under Texas law:
- The victim’s spouse
- The victim’s children
- The victim’s parents
- The representative of the victim’s estate
If you have recently lost a loved one, our Houston, Texas, wrongful death attorneys can advise about filing a wrongful death claim and support you as you seek compensation.
What’s The Difference Between Wrongful Death And Survival Claims?
Wrongful death and survival claims are closely related but distinct types of claims.
- Survival claims: A survival claim is a personal injury claim that survives the victim’s death. The heirs, legal representative, or estate may file a survival claim on behalf of the victim to seek compensation for the deceased’s losses, such as medical expenses, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering, and funeral and burial expenses.
- Wrongful death claims: Wrongful death claims enable surviving family members to seek compensation for their personal losses, such as pain and suffering, lost financial support, lost future inheritance, loss of companionship, and so forth.
Our Houston wrongful death lawyers can examine your case and explain what claims you can bring and what damages you can seek.
What Should I Look For In A Houston Personal Injury Lawyer?
When filing a wrongful death claim, not just any personal injury lawyer will do. You need a wrongful death attorney with a proven track record.
We have much experience representing families in wrongful death cases at McLaurin Law. We also know how to handle insurance companies. Our lead attorney, Jason C. McLaurin, formerly worked in the insurance field. He knows how to counteract insurers' tactics to reduce payouts in wrongful death claims.
If you have recently lost a loved one and live in or around Houston, TX, we can help. Call us at (713) 461-6500 or contact us online to schedule a free strategy session with a wrongful death attorney from our McLaurin Law team.