Houston Wrongful Death Attorney
The Houston negligent death attorneys of Queenan Law have more than 20 years of experience helping grieving parents, spouses, and family members seek justice for loved ones whose lives were lost to preventable, fatal accidents in Texas. We know you are going through a very difficult time right now, and assure you that your case will be handled with sensitivity, empathy, and compassion.
We will do all that we can to recover compensation and bring you a sense of closure knowing that justice was served, so that you can begin to heal and move forward. There is no such thing as a “bad question,” so please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We are here to help guide, counsel, and represent you. To talk about your case in a free and confidential consultation, call our law offices at (817) 476-1797.
My Spouse or Relative Was Killed in a Fatal Accident, Do I Have a Wrongful Death Case?
Many accidental deaths are caused by human error. Unlike a death that was caused intentionally, which is a criminal act, a wrongful death is a civil matter where a death has been caused by another person’s negligence. Negligence can be roughly described as carelessness, but actually has four distinct elements:
- Duty of care. Someone owed a duty to the person who was killed: for example, the duty a doctor has to their patient, or the duty a company has to provide safe working conditions for its employees.
- Breach of duty. The person failed to meet their duty of care. To continue the examples above, the doctor made an avoidable mistake, such as failing to diagnose detectable cancer, or the company violated safety regulations, creating hazardous conditions for workers.
- Causation. The fatal accident was caused by the actions, or failure to act, of the person or business at fault for the death.
- Damages. Harm resulted to the victim. Funeral costs, burial costs, pain and suffering, and medical bills are all examples of damages.
Do not worry if you do not completely understand these terms right now. Your attorney will take care of the legal analysis and accident investigation, so that you can focus on taking care of yourself. The attorneys of Queenan Law have experience handling many different types of wrongful death cases in Houston, including claims and lawsuits involving:
- Boat Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Fatal Burn Injuries
- Fatal Dog Bites
- Fatal Slip and Fall Accident Injuries
- Industrial Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Oil Rig Accidents
- Premises Liability (Property Hazards)
- Product Liability (Defective Products)
- Truck Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
What Compensation is Available for Survivors in a Texas Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
An accidental death caused by negligence leaves deep financial and emotional scars behind for those who survive the decedent. Though no amount of compensation can restore a life that has been lost, it is important that you and your family have the financial support you need. You are already dealing with a heavy burden – you should not have to worry about financial hardship as well. Our attorneys can aggressively pursue compensation, so that you and your loved ones have a greater measure of security and stability.
It may be possible to recover compensation for losses of both a financial and non-financial nature. Compensation for financial losses, such as funeral bills, is described as “economic damages.” Compensation for non-financial losses, such as the victim’s pain and suffering prior to death, is referred to as “non-economic damages.” Additional examples include:
- Emotional Distress
- Grief Counseling
- Loss of Consortium (Loss of Marriage)
- Lost Benefits
- Lost Income
Economic damages are fairly straightforward, because they are based on quantifiable values such as hospital bills. Non-economic damages, which relate to physical and emotional pain, are more difficult to calculate, because it is impossible to put an objective “value” on these types of losses. However, our attorneys are aggressive litigators, and are prepared to fight persistently to recover as much compensation as possible.
Again, do not worry about taking all of this information in right now – it is simply here to help give you an idea of how compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit works.
Review Your Accident Claim with Our Experienced Houston Negligent Death Lawyers
The unexpected death of a loved one is a deeply traumatic experience, especially in situations where the victim’s death was caused by another person’s careless mistakes. As you mourn your loss, you may wonder about questions like how the negligent party will be held accountable for their actions, or how you are going to deal with the financial repercussions of the loss upon your family. The wrongful death lawyers of Queenan Law can help you address these matters with sensitivity and care.
We are here to offer guidance and answer your questions. With over 20 years of experience representing surviving spouses, children, parents, and family members in accidental death lawsuits, you can feel confident that your case will be in capable and compassionate hands. To talk about how our law firm may be able to assist you, call Queenan Law at (817) 476-1797 for a free and confidential legal consultation.