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Houston Wrongful Death Lawyer

At Loncar Lyon Jenkins in Houston, we want to help your family if a loved one passed away due to another party’s negligence. Our Houston wrongful death lawyers can help you fight for compensation. We know that money cannot take the place of your loved one. However, a financial award could lift some pressure that you might be feeling after your loved one’s passing.

A Houston wrongful death lawyer from our team can offer you legal assistance at no out-of-pocket cost. Contact Loncar Lyon Jenkins to discuss your Houston wrongful death case. We can hold negligent parties responsible and negotiate settlements with insurance companies or pursue wrongful death lawsuits.

Compensation for Wrongful Death Victims and Their Families

If you wish to file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit, you could secure compensation to pay for numerous losses. These losses fall into one of two categories, which include economic and non-economic damages. Our wrongful death attorneys identify and document these recoverable damages and seek fair compensation based on the case facts.

Economic Damages

Economic damages compensate for measurable financial losses that occur due to the death of your loved one. The purpose of these damages is to make the heirs of the deceased party financially whole.

This could include covering the following costs:

  • The loss of the decedent’s expected income
  • Loss of inheritance in the future
  • The loss of other financial benefits the decedent could provide
  • The decedent’s medical expenses
  • The decedent’s funeral expenses and burial expenses
  • Loss of household services usually provided by the deceased person

Non-Economic Damages

There are also subjective losses that come with a wrongful death lawsuit, which are non-economic damages. The pursuit of non-economic damages has nothing to do with recouping financial losses. Instead, they provide for the immeasurable hardship, emotional distress, and harm that can come with an unexpected death.

Some examples of non-economic, wrongful death damages we can pursue in a lawsuit include:

  • Your pain and suffering
  • Pérdida de consorcio
  • Loss of guidance
  • Loss of companionship and love

You might be struggling to stay afloat if you lose the primary source of income for your family. Your financial pressures may make you think you cannot afford a lawyer. However, our team does not expect you to pay us anything upfront.

Your Houston wrongful death lawyer will take their attorney’s fees out of the settlement or judgment we win for you. This has made it easier for our past clients to afford a lawyer, and we hope it helps you too.

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What is the Statute Of Limitations for Wrongful Death Actions in Texas?

Wrongful death lawsuits are similar to other civil suits filed in Texas in that the statute of limitations applies. The statute of limitations acts as a formal deadline for filing a legal claim.

Sec. 16.003 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code states that a decedent’s family typically has two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Should you file your case after the expiration of that deadline, you could lose out on your ability to recover compensation.

Certain exceptions may apply to the statute of limitations in wrongful death cases. These exceptions can involve an unknown defendant or a death that results from an act of fraud. However, assuming that these exceptions apply to your case is never wise.

These exceptions to wrongful death lawsuits are uncommon, and the assumption that they apply to you could put your recovery at risk. Our firm can review the facts of your case and advise you on the amount of time you must file your lawsuit.

How Can a Houston Wrongful Death Attorney Help?

Our team is committed to helping you and your family move forward during this difficult time. To show the insurance company or a judge and jury that the at-fault party owes your family compensation, we will have to prove:

  • The liable party owed a duty of care to the deceased party
  • The liable party violated their duty of care
  • This violation resulted in your loved one’s death
  • Your loved one’s death has caused you and your family to incur financial losses

Collecting Evidence

One of the many challenges in an injury case is gathering and analyzing evidence. Surviving family members have a lot to deal with after a loved one’s passing, and preparing for a claim or lawsuit is overwhelming. Our legal representatives know this, and they aim to make the process as smooth as possible, given the circumstances. In order to support your pursuit of compensatory damages, our lawyers will gather evidence and supporting data like:

  • Historial médico
  • Eyewitness testimonies
  • Expert opinions and testimonies
  • Accident reconstruction experts
  • Accident reports
  • Photographic or video evidence of the incident

Much of this evidence is time-sensitive and difficult for the average person to find, so let our wrongful death attorneys take over your case today.

What Are Common Causes Of Wrongful Death?

At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, our wrongful death attorneys have handled many cases over the years that involved wrongful death that was caused by:

  • Accidentes de tráfico
  • Accidentes de camiones
  • Accidentes de moto
  • Accidentes de peatones
  • Construction accidents
  • Workplace accidents
  • Defective products
  • Criminal actions
  • Negligencia médica
  • Accidentes de bicicleta

A Wrongful Death Suit Is Not a Criminal Prosecution

It is easy to confuse the concept of a wrongful death lawsuit with a criminal prosecution. While the death of another person is often a criminal matter, a wrongful death lawsuit is a civil case that is entirely unrelated to the prosecution.

There are several differences between a wrongful death case and a criminal prosecution, including the burdens, proceedings, and outcomes of each case.

Case Burden

The bar for proving guilt in a criminal case is much higher. To secure a conviction, the state must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The bar for proving guilt is lower with a civil lawsuit, as you only need to establish your case based on the preponderance of the evidence.

Case Proceedings

With a criminal prosecution, the state is responsible for filing the charges. The prosecutor might ask the surviving relatives of the victim for input, but they are in total control of how the case proceeds.

Wrongful death cases are different. Not only are they filed in civil court, but they are also pursued by the family of the decedent. This puts the control of the case in their hands—not the state’s hands.

Case Outcome

A favorable outcome in a wrongful death lawsuit is financial compensation for the decedent’s heirs. A criminal prosecution, on the other hand, is about holding the perpetrator accountable through penalties like jail time or fines.

The outcome of a criminal case has no bearing on the civil case or vice versa. The burden of proof is different, and it is generally easier to recover compensation in a civil case than to get a conviction in a criminal case. However, doing so still requires resources, knowledge, and experience that you may not have without help from a wrongful death lawyer.

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Do not let the individual or party responsible for your loved one’s passing get away with what their action or omission caused. We know you are in pain. We can take the burden of filing a wrongful death claim or lawsuit off your shoulders so you can grieve. Contact a wrongful death attorney at Loncar Lyon Jenkins today to schedule a free consultation today to learn how we can help.