The loss of a loved one is an unthinkable tragedy. This is made even worse when the negligent actions of another person or party cause the accident. We know that during this time of grief, the last thing on your mind is talking to a lawyer or pursuing legal action. However, taking prompt legal action against the party responsible may be the only way to protect your family and obtain justice.
Houston, Texas is one of the leading cities in the nation for fatal auto accidents. Many of these accidents are caused by drunk and distracted drivers, and according to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were a record number of 176 fatal accidents in Houston in 2012.
DWI related crashes are just one example where a wrongful death claim may unfortunately arise. When a family loses a loved one unexpectedly, due to someone else’s negligence, lives are altered forever. If the lost loved one happened to be the primary financial provider for his or her family, the situation is only further compounded. While filing a lawsuit cannot bring back the lost loved one, you may seek the financial compensation the family deserves. It can ensure that family and children have the fiscal support they need in the years to come.
Any death caused by the negligence of another party which fails to provide reasonable care to prevent the harm of another, is grounds for a possible wrongful death lawsuit. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t trust the future of your family and the justice of your loved one to just anyone. Choose a lawyer in Houston who is an expert with over 37 years of legal experience. Contact Attorney James S. Walker today at 713-552-1117.
The Walker Law Firm is available to answer any questions you may have regarding the wrongful death of your loved one. Attorney James S. Walker and staff are here to support and guide you through the emotional and legal complexities that you face. We will take an aggressive stance on your behalf and fight for the secured future you and your family deserves.
Accidental Death Attorney in Houston, Texas
At the Walker Law Firm we know that the Houston, Texas wrongful death lawyers who get the best results are the one who have successfully tried cases. We have tried hundreds of jury trials, involving catastrophic injuries of all kinds, including spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, TBI and construction accidents.
If you are in need of a wrongful death lawyer who will aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve, contact us online for a free case evaluation.
Wrongful Death is best described when a person dies due to the negligence, malpractice or inaction of another individual or party. Wrongful death is the basis for the family of the victim to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. While nothing can bring back your lost loved ones, holding the party accountable for their wrongful actions can provide some level of solace.
In order to be awarded compensation, the families of wrongful death victims must prove that the death was the result of another party or person’s malpractice or negligence
Assisting Grieving Families through Times of Great Loss
Almost every state has enacted a statute permitting a wrongful death lawsuit to be brought by the relatives of a person who died as a result of a negligent act. These “wrongful death statutes” or “survivor statutes” vary greatly from state to state.
In some states only a spouse and children may file a wrongful death lawsuit. While in other states, grandparents or other relatives may also file. The idea behind a wrongful death lawsuit is that the wrongful death, in addition to injuring the person who died, also injured people who depended upon the deceased for financial or emotional support before the wrongful death.
A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed by either of the following:
- The executor or the administrator of the estate that belonged to the deceased, or
- by the individual beneficiaries and / or family members.
While they all follow some general principles, each state jurisdiction is unique, since each state has drafted its own form of“wrongful death statutes” A legal cause of action for wrongful death may exist when a person dies from the negligence of another. Such a situation may arise in a number of different contexts.
Wrongful Death Acts may be defined as any of the following examples:
- A negligent or careless act such as a negligent driver
- A motor vehicle or trucking accident, defective tire, automobile or tractor
- A reckless act by another person, or an intentional act such as a deliberate murder such as an attack, an assault and/or battery
- A death in the course of another crime
- A death during a medical operation, the neglect of a doctor, hospital or nursing home defective drugs or medication
- A company’s negligence in the enforcement of safety regulations, faulty equipment or tools
- A property owner who fails to meet Safety Regulations
Losing a loved one is one of the most emotionally traumatizing events that can happen to a family. This is especially true because the incidents in most “wrongful death” cases could have been easily avoided. The last thing that grieving family members wants to do after the loss of a loved one is fight with an insurance company or investigate the incidents that may have caused the death.
Wrongful Death Lawyers in Houston
Walker Texas Lawyer is a wrongful death attorney who knows how vitally important it is to preserve evidence in a wrongful death case. Whether it is a part from a tool or an appliance, automobile, medical records, pill bottles or other evidence, Jim Walker will assist in the collection and preservation of evidence in your wrongful death lawsuit.
Call us today toll-free at 1-800-732-2934 or locally at 713-552-1117 for a no obligation consultation with an experienced Houston, Texas lawyer about your case.