Lost a loved one due to negligence?
Our Houston wrongful death lawyers can help
There are no words to describe the feeling of losing a loved one suddenly and unexpectedly. When your loved one dies because someone was negligent, reckless or careless, it's normal to want justice. The attorneys at Tracey & Fox can help you file a wrongful death claim to hold that person responsible.
A death is considered wrongful when it could have been prevented if a person had used proper care. For example, if a person is killed in a drunk driving accident, the driver was negligent and careless by drinking before getting behind the wheel. Wrongful death can happen as the result of truck or boating accidents, slips and falls or criminal acts. It can also happen because of product liability, defective medical devices or dangerous drugs.
Losing a loved one is emotionally devastating. And there's a financial cost, too. The cost of medical care. The cost of the funeral. Your loved one may have supported the family. If you lost a loved one to negligence, you should not be responsible for those costs.
What expenses can your family be reimbursed for?
We can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit to help you seek financial compensation for the loss of your loved one. You can seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of care, advice, or support
- Loss of inheritance
In some cases, you may also be able to seek punitive damages.
When determining the value of your claim, we take many different factors into account. Our goal is to get Houston families the maximum compensation possible to help ease the financial burden of their losses.
Understanding your rights
Under Texas law, you have two years after a loved one's death to file a wrongful death suit. In the first three months, only the surviving spouse, children and/or parents are eligible to file the claim, whether singly or jointly. (This includes adult biological and adopted children.) After that, a claim can be filed by a personal representative or estate executor.
It's a good idea to consult an attorney soon after the loss of your loved one. A successful claim must be able to establish negligence. The sooner we get started on your case, the sooner we can preserve valuable evidence and talk to witnesses before they forget important details.
At Tracey & Fox, our entire legal team is on your side. We take the time to build the strongest case that we can, leaving no stone unturned. We know what it takes to get results from insurance companies and commercial defendants. We can often resolve the case by negotiating a settlement. But our focus is always on getting the best possible outcome for you.
A wrongful death claim can't change the past. But it is a way to seek justice against the person whose actions resulted in the loss of your loved one. It is a way of reimbursing you for what you have gone through. And it gives you a measure of financial security as you adjust to your loved one's loss.