Below are some questions we often hear from family members who have lost a loved one in an accident. Click on each question for the answer.
- How do we win our wrongful death case? Find out here.
- Who can sue for "wrongful death"? Only certain family members qualify.
- What kinds of claims can be made in a death case? There are 2 main types of claims.
- What kind of compensation can be recovered in a wrongful death claim? Find out here.
- My family member was killed on the job. Are there any special rules for a work-related death? Yes, learn them here.
- In a death case, can my family recover the funeral and burial costs? Yes, you can.
- I lost my spouse in an accident. Can I recover the future wages my spouse would have earned? Yes, this is how you make that claim.
- My family member incurred medical bills before passing. Can we claim that in our death case? Yes, here's how you do it.
- Can I recover what I would have inherited if my family member had not died in the accident? Learn about "lost inheritance" claims here.
- My family member did not leave any will upon their death. Does this matter? The answer may surprise you.
- Before passing, my family member experienced pain and suffering. Can a claim be made for that? Yes, learn about "survival" claims here.
A statute in Texas called the Texas Wrongful Death Act sets out the rules for fatality cases. Most states have a death statute with similar rules. Only certain classes of family members are entitled to bring a claim for "wrongful death." The law also allows a claim on behalf of the deceased person, called a "survival" claim. It is often necessary for us to bring a probate attorney on to a death case to ensure a survival claim is appropriately asserted.