The loss of a loved one leaves a hole that will never be filled. But someone should be held accountable when his or her negligent or intentional acts lead to the death of a person. Surviving family members are left with medical bills, therapy bills, funeral costs, pain and suffering and mental anguish. The person whose actions lead to the death of your loved one may say there’s nothing they can do but I, Benjamin Roberts, say you deserve justice and compensation for the loss of a loved one.
Who Can File?
Wrongful death is governed by a section of the statute (Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code 71.004). The following people can sue for wrongful death:
- Surviving spouse
- Children of the deceased
- Parents of the deceased
- Executor of the estate if none of the above individuals have begun the action within three months after the death of the injured
This means that grandparents, grandchildren, aunts/uncles, cousins, siblings, significant others are barred from bringing an action for wrongful death.
Why Do You Need an Attorney?
Not every death is a crime and you shouldn’t rely on a prosecutor to compensate you for your loss. The state will rarely prosecute a doctor for malpractice that leads to death. Even when certain crimes are committed, such as drunk driving, the state’s goal is not to compensate you but to protect the safety of the public at large.
The insurance company is not your friend. Insurance is a multi-billion-dollar business and that business is not interested in providing you the compensation you deserve. After your loved one dies, the liable party’s insurance company will likely approach you with a low-ball offer of a settlement to preclude you from a full recovery. As an experienced wrongful death attorney, I know how to deal with the insurance companies and get you the full compensation you deserve.
Time is short and expensive. Texas has a statute of limitations of two years for wrongful death actions. Getting you the compensation you deserve takes time and your attorney will need all of that time so you should contact a licensed attorney immediately if a loved one dies as a result of someone else’s conduct.
If your loved has died as a result of another’s negligence, contact wrongful death attorney Benjamin Roberts today at (713) 609-1898. You want an attorney that has experience handling wrongful death claims and can recover compensation from those who caused the loss of your loved one.