The grief of losing someone close to you, such as a parent, spouse, or child, can feel overwhelming. When the death occurred because of another person’s mistake—whether that of another driver, a doctor, or the manufacturer of a defective product—you may know that you have a right to compensation but are at a loss as to how to file and pursue a claim.
Fortunately, help is available after a Texas accident that results in a death. Houston personal injury attorney Charles J. Argento can investigate, file, and litigate your claim for money damages after a wrongful death, allowing you to focus on yours and your family’s well-being. Contact his offices today for a no-cost consultation if you experience the accidental death of a loved one in Texas.
Filing a wrongful death claim
The parents, spouse, or children of someone who died in an accident can file a wrongful death claim, either individually or as a group. Adult children can file wrongful death suits when their parents are killed in an accident. Additionally, adopted children can file a wrongful death claim when their adoptive parent is killed, but they cannot file a claim when their biological parent is killed. Siblings may not file wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of a brother or sister who was accidentally killed.
If a child, parent, or spouse of an accident victim does not file a wrongful death lawsuit within three months of the death of their loved one, the executor or personal representative of the accident victim then has the opportunity to file a claim. This is the person named in the deceased person’s will or appointed by the court to wrap up the victim’s estate and distribute any assets.
Strict time limits apply when filing Texas accidental death claims
There is a two-year statute of limitations on wrongful death claims in Texas. In other words, if neither a relative nor personal representative has filed a claim within two years of the victim’s death, then the right to sue disappears entirely. Two years may seem like a long time, but when you’re facing a daunting legal battle while mourning a loved one’s loss and attempting to move on, it can go by surprisingly fast.
Help is available for wrongful death claims in Houston
Don’t attempt to battle insurance companies or at-fault parties without support; get the help of a lawyer you can trust. Houston wrongful death lawyer Charles J. Argento has been fighting on behalf of accident victims for years. He understands the anguish that you and your family are experiencing. While nothing can bring your loved one back, Charles Argento will go to battle to ensure that you receive the money you need and deserve so that you can rebuild your life after a devastating loss.
For a no-cost consultation with a Houston wrongful death attorney, contact the Houston offices of Charles J. Argento at 713-225-5050.