Who is Eligible to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Texas?

At Charles J. Argento our Houston wrongful death attorney knows how difficult it is to lose a loved one under any circumstances. However, when an individual’s death is caused by negligence, family members are left reeling from their personal and emotional losses.

The one thing most people do not see coming is that the family members who were also dependent on the deceased’s person’s livelihood often suffer a financial blow that can be just as overwhelming.

Our Texas wrongful death statute allows eligible family members to pursue a claim against the person, party, or entity that committed “the wrongful act, neglect, unskillfulness, carelessness, or default” that caused the death of their loved one.

Our Harris County personal injury attorney can help. Here is what families need to know about their eligibility to file a wrongful death claim in Texas.

Which Family Members Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Texas?

When we can prove another person, party, or entity’s negligence led to the death of your loved one, family members may file a wrongful death claim to hold the liable party accountable for their current and future losses.

In Texas, family members who may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim include the surviving:

  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Parents

If one of these surviving parties does not file a wrongful death claim within three months of the date of their loved one’s death, the personal representative or executor of the deceased individual’s estate may file the claim instead.

What Type of Compensation Can Family Members Pursue During a Wrongful Death Claim in Texas?

Our experienced Houston wrongful death attorney knows no amount of money can replace your loved one. However, seeking compensation for your tragic loss may help give you and your family the time you need to grieve, without the stress and anxiety of worrying about your financial well-being.

Eligible family members may pursue the following types of compensation that apply to their circumstances:

  • Funeral & Burial Expenses
  • Lost Benefits, including Retirement, Pension, Medical, or Health Insurance Coverage
  • Lost Earnings
  • Medical Expenses Left Behind by the Deceased
  • Mental & Emotional Anguish 

If you lost a loved one to negligence in Texas, contact our experienced wrongful death attorney in Houston at Charles J. Argento today to schedule a free consultation by calling 713-225-5050 or by contacting us online.

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