Houston Wrongful Death Lawyer
Suing for Traffic Fatalities
Family members are often so overwhelmed when a loved one dies in a car accident or work-related accident that they fail to take legal action. Although no lawsuit or monetary award can adequately compensate for their loss, filing a suit against the responsible party is a proactive step toward justice and closure. A wrongful death lawsuit may result in safer highways and work places by bringing attention to the negligent or wrongful behavior that caused the accident. A wrongful death claim may result in better road maintenance, better vehicle designs, or better drivers. Often wrongful death lawsuits are essential to providing the decedent’s dependants with the monetary security they need to get on with their lives.
Recovering for Wrongful Death in Texas
Under the Texas Wrongful Death Act (Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 71.001 et seq.), a wrongful death lawsuit may be brought by a decedent’s surviving spouse, adult and minor children, and/or parents. If these statutory beneficiaries fail to institute a lawsuit within three months of the death, the decedent’s personal representative is required to bring the action on their behalf unless each of the beneficiaries asks that this not be done.
The damages that can be recovered for wrongful death include compensation for:
- The loss of the decedent’s companionship
- The mental anguish caused by the decedent’s death
- The pecuniary value of intangible and tangible services that would have been provided by the decedent if the decedent had lived (such as care, counsel, or training)
- The value of wages that would have been provided by the decedent if the decedent had lived
- Punitive or exemplary damages if the death was caused by the defendant’s fraudulent, malicious, willful, or grossly negligent conduct
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of inheritance
We Have the Expertise to Handle Wrongful Death Actions
Traffic fatalities present unique legal challenges that demand experienced and knowledgeable legal representation. Our legal team at the Law Offices of Alexander M. Gurevich is proficient in investigating accident scenes, preserving the evidence, establishing negligence on the part of opponents, and maximizing the damages to which you are entitled. We know where to look for available insurance and assets to maximize your recovery. Often trucking insurance, homeowners’ policies, and business insurance is available to compensate the family when a defendant has minimum or no automobile insurance.
If a loved one has been the victim of a fatal traffic accident, if you are in need of a Houston car accident lawyer or are seeking legal representation in any of our other areas of practice, call the Law Offices of Alexander M. Gurevich now at (713)224-9600. Do not delay! Waiting to secure legal representation could jeopardize the proper preservation of evidence, the handling of insurance matters, and the adherence to legal filing deadlines.