Wrongful Death

The Houston wrongful death lawyers at Morrow & Sheppard are privileged to assist the family members and representatives of those who have lost a loved one. Please click here for a free, confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights before they are jeopardized.

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Explanation of Wrongful Death

Wrongful death is when someone is killed due to the negligence, neglect, unlawful conduct, or misconduct of another person or entity. Very simply, negligence is a failure to exercise the level of care that an ordinary and reasonable person would under similar circumstances. All persons and entities have an obligation to exercise reasonable care in what they do.

Why Wrongful Death Lawsuits Are Necessary

Morrow & Sheppard understand that the loss of a loved one due to wrongful death is one of the most tragic experiences that can occur in anyone’s life. When a family member is lost, the family needs to begin healing, and the last thing they want to worry about is the legal process.

Although nobody wants to file a lawsuit, it is important to ensure the guilty party is held responsible for several reasons. First, to make sure future incidents are prevented so that nobody else is injured. Second, to ensure the lost person’s family does not have to carry the heavy financial burden that comes with premature death. Finally, in many cases, a lawsuit must be filed to figure out what really happened.

Examples of Misconduct Leading to Wrongful Death

Misconduct that causes wrongful death might be a trucker’s failure to slow down in wet road conditions. Or it could be an airline’s failure to properly inspect and maintain its planes. Or it could be an oil refinery’s failure to properly train employees in charge of hazardous and explosive materials. Or it could be a product manufacturer’s failure to manufacture a safe product. There are many other examples.

Corporations and entities are often liable for the wrongful acts of their employees or agents that result in the wrongful death of others.

Persons Entitled To Bring Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Many states, including Texas, have statutes detailing who is entitled to bring a wrongful death claim. Oftentimes, spouses, children, parents of the deceased, and the executor of the will or estate of the deceased are entitled to bring such claims.

Damages Recoverable in Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Damages for wrongful death and/or survival actions are designed to fully compensate the victim and their loved ones for the harm caused. These damages can include:

  • Loss of future income and earnings as a result of death
  • Medical damages sustained prior to death
  • Physical pain and suffering sustained prior to death
  • Loss of care, maintenance, support, services, advice, and counsel that would have been provided by the deceased
  • Loss of love, comfort, companionship, and society that would have been provided by the deceased
  • Mental anguish, including emotional pain, torment, and suffering suffered by the survivors of the deceased

Sometimes, if it is shown that the wrongful conduct was committed willfully, knowingly, or as a result of gross negligence, punitive and exemplary damages can be awarded.

Call A Qualified Wrongful Death Lawyer

If you have lost a loved one due to the wrongful conduct of another person or entity, a Houston wrongful death attorney at Morrow & Sheppard can help. Please call us or click here for a free, confidential consultation.

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