Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 71.002(a) establishes that an action for actual damages arising from an injury that causes an individual’s death can be brought when liability exists under this section of state law. Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 71.002(b), a person is liable for damages arising from an injury-causing an individual’s death if the injury was caused by that person’s wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default.
Texas places a two years statute of limitations (time limit) on wrongful death claims, although certain limited exceptions exist in some cases. In most cases, families will want to act quickly so an experienced lawyer can immediately conduct a thorough investigation and identify all negligent parties.
Wrongful Death Attorneys in Houston, TX
Was your loved one killed as the result of another party’s negligence in Southeast Texas? You will want to contact The Gonzalez Law Group as soon as possible. Call (832) 530-4070 to have our attorneys review your case and discuss all of your legal options during a free initial consultation.
Harris County Wrongful Death Information Center
- Causes of Wrongful Death in Texas
- Types of Wrongful Death Beneficiaries in Texas
- Wrongful Death Resources in Harris County
Causes of Wrongful Death in Texas
Any number of accidents or other incidents can result in a person’s death. Some of the most common causes of wrongful death claims in Texas include, but are not limited to:
- Auto Accidents
- Commercial Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Ride-share Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Head-On Collisions
- Multiple-Vehicle Accidents
- Hit and Run Accidents
- Product Liability
- Premises Liability
- Slip and Fall
- Workplace Accidents
Types of Wrongful Death Beneficiaries in Texas
Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 71.004(a) states that a wrongful death action is for the exclusive benefit of the following relatives of the deceased:
- surviving spouse;
- children; and
Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 71.004 (b), the surviving spouse, children, and parents of the deceased can bring the action or one or more of those individuals may bring the action for the benefit of all. Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 71.004(c) establish that when none of the individuals entitled to bring an action have begun the action within three calendar months of the death of the injured individual, his or her executor or administrator can bring and prosecute the action unless requested not to by all those individuals.
The damages that may be awarded to victims in these cases can include economic damages for calculable losses such as loss of income. In some cases, noneconomic damages may be awarded for more subjective kinds of harm such as loss of consortium.
Wrongful Death Resources in Harris County
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) | The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) — NIOSH is the federal agency within the CDC that is responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. Visit this website to learn more about NIOSH programs, access data, and statistics, and view various publications. You can also learn more about NIOSH Centers, Advisory Committees, and Strategic Plans.
United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) — The CPSC is an independent agency charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. On this website, you can view the latest news and find information about the latest recalls. You can also learn more about the CPSC, view regulations, and access research and statistics.
Contact Wrongful Death Lawyers in Houston, TX
If your loved one was recently killed as the result of another party’s negligence in Harris County, it is in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel. The Gonzalez Law Group helps families in communities all over Harris County, Friendswood, Pearland, Seabrook, League City, Deer Park, Pasadena, La Porte, Galena Park, Baytown, and many other communities in Houston.
Our personal injury attorneys in Houston will fight to get you all of the compensation you are entitled to. Call (832) 530-4070 or fill out an online contact form to have our lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free initial consultation.