Houston Wrongful Death Lawyer
After your spouse, parent, or child dies in a preventable accident, your entire economic and emotional future may change. Whether your loved one died at the hands of a careless driver or as the result of a tragic workplace incident, you deserve the opportunity to grieve without worrying about your financial future. The Nielsen Law Firm is here to help you fight back against the party responsible for your loved one’s death.
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?
When someone dies because of another’s careless, neglectful, or intentional act, the family has the right to pursue a civil action against the individual or company responsible. Wrongful death claims allow survivors to obtain justice and the compensation needed to:
- Cover financial loss, including lost income and support
- Cover the loss of benefits and inheritance
- Cover emotional loss, including the loss of love, protection, and companionship
- Punish the person or entity responsible for causing harm
At The Nielsen Law Firm, we understand the grief and anguish that may arise from a preventable death. If your loved one died in an accident that would not have occurred if someone had acted reasonably and responsibly, give us a call. We will provide you with the answer you need to make a decision about moving forward with a wrongful death suit. Nobody should have to endure a premature death because of someone’s negligence.
Can I File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Wrongful deaths can arise from any accident or injury. To file a claim, an individual must have died from injuries directly related to the incident. Family members have two years to file a claim after their loved one’s untimely death.
Family members that may file a claim include:
- A surviving spouse
- Children, including adoptive children and adult children
- Parents of the deceased
A family member can file a claim as an individual or in a group setting. You can file a claim even if your loved one did not hold a job or if he or she was a child or elderly individual.
Survival Actions vs. Wrongful Death Claims
Survival actions are distinct from wrongful death claims. A survival action is designed to take the place of a personal injury claim that the deceased would have filed if he or she had lived. The courts designed the survival claim to cover medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and other costs that the person should have secured as the result of a personal injury claim.
Wrongful death claims, on the other hand, are designed to cover losses that family members sustain as the result of losing a loved one. Families can pursue a survival action and a wrongful death claim at the same time. Doing so may further ease the financial burden of a loved one’s death.
How Your Houston Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help
The attorneys at the Nielsen Law Firm are committed to providing surviving family members with compassionate support and unparalleled legal representation. We know that the emotional pain of losing a loved one is hard. While we cannot take that pain away, we can provide you with financial support to help you through this difficult time. Our attorneys will serve as your relentless advocate in front of insurance companies, and we will pursue those responsible for your loved one’s death.
Although talking about a recent tragedy can be hard, we urge our prospective clients to reach out to us as quickly as possible. Taking immediate legal action will improve our ability to collect evidence and protect you from unfair insurance payouts during an emotionally difficult time. For more information about how we help our clients after a wrongful death, contact our Houston, Texas, office. Initial consultations are always free.