Beaumont Wrongful Death Attorneys
Helping Families in Texas Wrongful Death and Accidental Death Cases
Established in 1930, the Gilbert Adams Law Firm has helped hundreds of grieving families in wrongful death cases resulting from car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, workplace accidents, and other tragic incidents. From our offices in Beaumont, Texas, we are conveniently located to represent clients in Jefferson County and throughout Texas.
Texas Wrongful Death Law
The sudden and unexpected loss of a family member can be one of the most difficult experiences that you encounter in your life. The Texas Wrongful Death statute allows the deceased’s estate and certain surviving family members to bring an action for damages against the party or parties whose negligent, careless or wrongful act caused the death of a loved one. Family members who are qualified under the statute to bring an action for wrongful death include the surviving spouse, children, and parents of the deceased. The executor or administrator of the deceased person’s estate may also bring a wrongful death action three months after the death of the deceased.
Recoverable Damages in a Wrongful Death Suit
A wrongful death action is intended to compensate surviving family members for the emotional and financial losses they have suffered. Financial damages may include funeral and burial expenses and loss of future earnings the deceased would have provided. Emotional damages include the pain and suffering experienced by the family members and loss of companionship provided by the deceased. When a death is caused by a willful act or omission or gross negligence, exemplary damages designed to punish the defendant for such conduct may also be awarded.
Texas Survival Actions
Texas law includes provisions for a survival action, which is where a deceased person’s heirs or legal representatives bring an action on behalf of the deceased for the damages incurred before the person died. These damages could include medical expenses, lost wages, and the deceased’s pain and suffering.
It is usually possible to join together a wrongful death action and survival action into one lawsuit, since many of the facts and defendants are likely to be the same, thereby maximizing the compensation available to the family who has lost their loved one. There are significant differences among wrongful death, survival actions, and personal injury cases, and it is important to be represented by a highly skilled attorney to ensure that you do not accidentally forfeit your rights and that you receive the full compensation to which you are entitled.
Statute of Limitations
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or wrongful act of another, it is important to seek immediate legal representation. The statute of limitations limits the amount of time a plaintiff can bring most claims to within two years of the date of death; otherwise, your claim may be barred by statute and you will lose the opportunity to recover for your losses.
Seek Experienced, Compassionate Representation
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or wrongful act of another, it is important to know you can find support during this emotionally and financially difficult time. Our attorneys have the experience to represent families in all types of wrongful death actions, and the dedication to so without charging a fee until we obtain compensation on your behalf. Contact the Gilbert Adams Law Firm for a free case evaluation and discussion of your options.