Pasadena Wrongful Death Attorney
Experienced Lawyer Serving Fatal Accident Victims in Texas
A wrongful death can lead to serious repercussions for immediate family
survivors. Whether from a
car accident or some other scenario in which negligence or deliberate wrongdoing has
been the cause, a wrongful death brings emotional shock and pain to those
left behind. It may also bring financial jeopardy if family members depended
on the deceased for valuable income, benefits, or other economic support.
Because of these repercussions, Texas has enacted wrongful death law which
allows surviving family members to pursue rightful compensation for their
damages and losses from the responsible party through a claim or lawsuit.
The Soileau Law Firm, P.C. represents surviving family members in wrongful
death claims and lawsuits. We have the experience and skills necessary
to help you pursue the most optimum outcome to your case. Our firm is
dedicated to providing highly personalized and compassionate legal service
to those who have lost a family member in an accident or incident which
should never have happened in the first place. We understand how devastating
such an incident can be and will work diligently to help remedy the situation
in terms of financial recovery.
Wrongful Death Law in Texas
A wrongful death claim or lawsuit is similar to a
personal injury claim except that the person making the claim has died and the claim must now
be put forward by surviving family members. Wrongful death claims are
filed on behalf of the decedent and his or her estate pursuing both economic
and non-economic damages. These claims and lawsuits may be filed against
another individual, such as a drunk driver, or against a business or corporation.
The surviving spouse of the decedent may file such a claim within the
first year following the death. The surviving spouse, as well as the surviving
children, may file such a claim during the second year after the death.
In cases where no surviving spouse or children exist, a claim may be pursued
by the decedent's parents. The representative of the decedent's
estate may also file a claim to pursue certain damages for the estate.
Damages which may be pursued include the loss of income, wages, or other
financial benefits that the decedent would have provided if he or she
had lived as well as the emotional losses for family survivors. Damages
that may be pursued for the estate include medical and funeral expenses
which were incurred due to the injury and death. In some cases, punitive
damages may also be sought.
The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in Texas requires
that a claim must be filed within two years of the date of the death.
Talk to a Pasadena Wrongful Death Lawyer
In the wake of a wrongful death, you may feel overwhelmed by your situation.
You will need to understand your rights and options in order to take appropriate
legal action. You can contact our firm to schedule a
free consultation so as to be able to make an informed decision and move forward. Our firm
offers diligent and dedicated service to the families and estates of those
who have died under such painful circumstances.