When a negligent or reckless act leads to death, the family has a right to recover for the loss of their loved one. Recoverable damages and who in the family may file a claim varies by state law, but typically this is done through a lawsuit on the same grounds as any other injury claim, but the survivors and wrongful death beneficiaries file it instead.
Compensation may be recovered for a number of things.
- Lost wages: When the deceased was a breadwinner for the family, the family may recover the wages that they would have been projected to earn in the future.
- Loss of support and services: Compensation is also available for non-monetary losses such as no longer being there to care for a family member or to do work around the house.
- Funeral expenses: Family members are entitled to be reimbursed for all reasonable funeral and burial expenses.
- Medical expenses: If the deceased received medical treatment in an effort to save their life, the cost may be recovered by a family member who paid it or on behalf of the deceased’s estate.
While the sudden death of a loved one is an emotionally difficult time, it is important to pursue a claim as quickly as possible before evidence fades away or legal deadlines pass. To get help filing a wrongful death action in Houston, Texas or throughout the state, contact Black Law today.