The loss of a loved one is always hard for a family. But the loss can be especially hard when a family member's death is sudden and unexpected. And when the death was caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another person or party, a family's suffering can be overwhelming. Whether the death resulted from a fatal car crash, truck accident, medical malpractice, drowning or another cause, the survivors have the right to compensation.
Texas law allows surviving family members to sue a party who negligently caused the death of another. In a wrongful death lawsuit, surviving family members can recover monetary damages for the loss they have suffered because of the death. These damages can include loss of companionship and loss of financial support.
Under certain circumstances Texas law also allows the victim's estate to bring a lawsuit against the party who caused the death. This is known as a survival action, and seeks damages the deceased person would have been entitled to in a personal injury lawsuit had they survived the accident. The estate can recover medical expenses and the pain and suffering endured by the victim from the time of the accident until their death. Once the estate recovers, the proceeds are distributed to the heirs according to the deceased person's will or under Texas law.
At the law firm of Reed & Terry L.L.P. we work tirelessly and aggressively for those who have suffered the tragedy of losing a family member to someone else's negligence. We work hard to prepare the strongest possible case for trial. We negotiate aggressively with insurance companies and other responsible parties to obtain the best compensation we can. If negotiations fail to produce a satisfactory result, we will not hesitate to proceed to trial and present the case before a jury. There is more information about our Sugar Land wrongful death practice available on our web page.