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Barnes Law Firm in Houston, Texas represents spouses, descendants, and family members in wrongful death claims in the Houston area, including Sugarland, Missouri City, Baytown, The Woodlands, Pasadena, Channelview, Katy, Texas City, Laporte, and Deer Park whose loved ones may have been the victim of a wrongful death.
When a person dies as a result of another’s negligence or wrongful act, their loved ones may pursue what is known as a “wrongful death” claim. If the person was not killed instantly, their loved ones may also bring what is known as a “survival action” on the decedent’s behalf. A successful wrongful death claim allows a decedent’s loved ones to require the wrongdoer to compensate them for the financial and emotional hardship caused by the person’s death. A successful survival action allows a decedent’s loved ones to require the wrongdoer to compensate the decedent’s estate for the medical expenses incurred and the conscious physical pain and mental anguish endured by the decedent.
Any number of situations may give rise to a wrongful death claim and survival action including, but not limited to:
- Car and Truck Accidents
- Plane crashes
- Medical negligence
- Nursing home abuse
- Exposure to toxic chemicals or materials
- Use of defective and dangerous products
- Consumption of dangerous over-the-counter or prescription medications
In Texas, the person(s) able to pursue a wrongful death claim and survival action include the deceased’s:
- Surviving spouse
- Parents, or
- The Administrator or Executor of the decedent’s estate
Loved ones successful in their wrongful death suit and survival action may be able to recover money for:
- The deceased’s medical expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses
- The deceased’s conscious mental and physical pain and suffering (actually considered a ‘survival action’)
- Loss of the deceased’s financial support and benefits for their expected lifetime (income, pension, medical coverage)
- Increased expenses incurred (such as for paying someone to perform the duties previously performed by the homemaker), and/or
- Loss of consortium, companionship, care, guidance and affection
In some cases involving gross negligence or malicious acts, a decedent’s loved ones may also be able to recover punitive damages (damages intended to punish the wrongdoer).
If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of a wrongful death, contact Barnes Law Firm in Houston, Texas to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your legal options. Call toll free (888) 661-4002 or locally at (713) 652-4002. Se habla español
Barnes Law Firm works strictly on a contingent fee basis and advances all upfront costs of a case including the investigation, case development, litigation, expert witnesses and court costs. Those expenses, in addition to our fee, are deducted from the ultimate recovery. And if we are not successful in a recovery in your case, we absorb all costs and charge no fee.