Fort Bend Wrongful Death Attorneys Located In Richmond, Texas
The sudden loss a loved one is devastating. While no amount of money can ever make up for your loss, it can help with funeral expenses, outstanding medical bills, and the income and emotional support your loved one would have provided to your family. If someone you loved was killed due to negligence, recklessness, or other wrongdoing of another person or business, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
In Texas, a wrongful death claim can be brought by someone who depended on the deceased emotionally or financially. Typically, this includes spouses, children, and parents. Unlike outstanding personal injury claims or other legal matters, a wrongful death action is brought directly by the surviving family members and not by the estate of the deceased. The purpose is to ensure their own financial security, and the money awarded is not subject to claims by the deceased’s creditors.
If the estate has outstanding debts, such as funeral expenses, medical bills, or consumer debt, a survivorship claim may be brought on behalf of the estate. This is a separate legal action from the direct wrongful death claim, and it allows the debts to be repaid without reducing the inheritance of the beneficiaries.
While the emotional healing process following a loved one’s death can take years, it’s important to take action as soon as you are able to if you wish to bring a wrongful death claim. Texas has a two-year statute of limitations on wrongful death claims, and delays frequently often make it harder to collect the evidence necessary to make a successful claim.
To learn more about bringing a wrongful death claim, contact The Estes Law Firm, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation. We serve Fort Bend, Richmond, Houston, Katy, Sugar Land, Rosenberg, and surrounding Texas.