Has someone you love and care about recently been in a fatal accident in Houston, Texas? Contact Attorney Brian White & Associates, PC for immediate assistance. You could be entitled to compensation, and our Houston wrongful death lawyers are here to help you every step of the way. We’ll put our 45-plus years of experience to work to hold negligent parties accountable and get you every dollar you deserve.
We know this is a very difficult time. To make things as easy as possible for you, we offer a free initial case evaluation. This can give you a chance to learn about your options and have your questions and concerns addressed. Give us a call to arrange a time to sit down with our compassionate team today.
Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney After a Fatal Accident?
Every year, dozens of families in Houston grieve the untimely loss of a loved one because of an accident that probably could have been avoided. However, due to someone’s negligence, a loved family member died. When that happens, the family can potentially be compensated for their tragic loss. Money won’t turn back time or bring the victim back to life, but it can make a huge difference for years to come.
You deserve time to grieve. You deserve time to cope with your tragic loss. You deserve time to figure out how to pick up the pieces and move forward. That’s tough to do when you’re in the thick of a contested legal claim for damages. So, let our Houston personal injury attorneys take the lead on your case.
We’ll handle everything from start to finish – the investigation, the research, the paperwork, and the negotiations. If you’re unhappy with the settlement offers you receive, our accomplished Houston trial lawyers will be prepared to take your case to a jury. We will invest whatever time and resources are necessary to get you the results you deserve. That’s our promise to you.
There’s absolutely no risk in asking for our help after a fatal accident in Houston. We work on contingency, which means there are no costs associated with your case until we win. We cover all of the costs and only get paid when we secure a settlement or verdict on your behalf. Give us a quick call today to schedule a free consultation to learn more.
We Handle All Wrongful Death Cases in Houston
Wrongful death means that a person has died as a result of another person’s negligent, careless, or illegal behavior. It means that the victim’s death could likely have been avoided. At Brian White & Associates, we represent families of accident victims in cases involving:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Construction accidents
- Oil and gas field accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Maritime accidents
- Boating accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dog bites
- Accidents involving defective products, and more.
Don’t hesitate to contact our experienced Houston personal injury lawyers if someone you love has recently died in an accident. If someone else is responsible, our team will fight to hold them accountable for the needless harm and suffering they’ve inflicted.
There Are Hundreds of Fatal Accidents in Texas Every Year
There are tens of thousands of accidents across the state every year. Sadly, not everyone who is involved in an accident survives. In 2018, there were 3,639 car accident fatalities in the state of Texas. Another 488 people died in fatal workplace accidents that same year. Thousands more die as a result of medical mistakes, dangerous property conditions, and nursing home abuse.
When it can be established that these deaths could have been avoided, the family members can consider taking matters into their own hands and filing a wrongful death lawsuit for damages.
Only Certain Family Members Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Just because someone you know and love has died in an accident in Houston doesn’t mean that you will automatically have the ability to file a wrongful death lawsuit. That right is reserved for the victim’s closest relatives, including:
- The surviving spouse
- Children (biological and adoptive), and
What happens if a victim doesn’t have any living relatives that fall into those categories? In that case, or if those beneficiaries don’t file a claim within three months of death, the victim’s estate can file a claim. More specifically, the executor (personal representative) can file a claim on behalf of other beneficiaries. Any damages recovered would be distributed pursuant to a will or in accordance with Texas state law.
There’s a Limited Time to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Texas
It can really hurt to revisit the facts and circumstances surrounding a fatal accident. It can be painful to pursue compensation, especially when at-fault parties refuse to accept responsibility and point fingers. However, if you don’t file a personal injury lawsuit within a certain window of time, you’ll lose the right to recover life-changing compensation.
In Texas, the statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits is two years. This means that, following your loved one’s death, you’ll have up to two years to demand compensation. This may or may not be the date of the fatal accident. The clock begins to run when your loved one dies.
You don’t have to – and shouldn’t – navigate a difficult injury claim on your own. Let Brian White & Associates take the lead and handle the heavy lifting. We’ll do everything in our power to make the process as straightforward and painless as we possibly can.
Damages Typically Available in Wrongful Death Cases
Wrongful death cases are different from other types of personal injury matters in a lot of different ways. One notable difference involves damages. The scope is more limited than in other types of personal injury cases. A successful claim can secure damages for:
- The cost of the victim’s funeral and burial
- Medical bills and expenses prior to the victim’s death
- Loss of inheritance
- Loss of financial support the victim would have provided, if they’d survived
- Lost value of services or goods
- Mental anguish and distress
- Loss of consortium, and
- Loss of companionship, support, love, and guidance.
There are times when punitive damages might also be available. However, punitive damages are reserved for cases where the defendant’s conduct is so repugnant and so shocking that punishment is appropriate.
Responsible Parties Might Try to Blame the Victim For the Fatal Accident
When a victim doesn’t survive an accident, they’re not around to defend themselves. So, it’s not uncommon for other parties involved in a fatal accident to deny responsibility and point fingers at the victim. If you don’t stand up for fight back, these tactics could limit your financial recovery or prohibit you from getting any money at all.
That’s because Texas has modified comparative negligence rules. This basically means that multiple people can be responsible for an accident, including victims. Victims aren’t barred from recovering damages as long as they aren’t primarily responsible (more than 50 percent) for the accident that caused them to get hurt. If some degree of fault below 51 percent is shared, the victim’s damages are simply reduced proportionally.
When an accident victim dies, these principles are simply transferred to wrongful death cases filed by their family. So, if your loved one is blamed for their fatal accident, it could affect your ability to recover damages or prohibit a recovery entirely.
So, it’s really important to reach out and secure the help of our qualified wrongful death lawyers after a loved one dies in an avoidable accident. We will work diligently to downplay their role in the accident or disprove the assertions that they contributed to the fatal accident, at all. The less responsibility allocated to your loved one, the more money you can potentially get at the end of the day.
Houston Wrongful Death Lawyers Fighting For You
Life can be overwhelming after a fatal accident in Houston, TX. You’re forced to grieve an untimely and tragic death. In addition to losing your loved one’s physical presence and emotional support, you may also struggle without their household and financial contributions. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce the financial impact of your loved one’s loss. By filing a wrongful death lawsuit, you can demand compensation from anyone who played a role in causing your loved one’s death.
This isn’t something you should have to do on your own. Hiring our attorneys can give you time to grieve and also position you to secure a substantial monetary award. At Brian White & Associates, we’ve been fighting on behalf of accident victims and their families for decades. We’ve gone head-to-head with some of the biggest and most powerful insurance companies in Texas and come out on top. Let us put our considerable experience to work to benefit you and your family during this difficult time.
Your first consultation is free, so give our Houston wrongful death law firm a call today to learn more.