Houston Wrongful Death Lawyer
Wrongful death claims are not like any other personal injury claim. While no financial compensation can make up for the loss of a loved one, in Texas, the law allows recovery in the event such as a tragedy that was caused by the negligence of someone else.
At Reich & Binstock, our Houston wrongful death lawyers are committed to providing compassionate legal service and aggressive representation to families pursuing wrongful death claims.
What does wrongful death mean?
Wrongful death refers to a civil action that can be taken against someone for the death of a loved one due to that person or entity’s negligence. A wrongful death lawsuit is separate from that of a criminal prosecution related to the fatality. There are a few key things that make these cases different from one another, aside from one being a civil action and the other a criminal action. For one, the standard of proof is much lower for a wrongful death case as opposed to any criminal case that may have ensued. Additionally, a wrongful death lawsuit is not so much about the guilty party as it is about the victim and their loved ones. The entire purpose of a wrongful death lawsuit is to enable the surviving family members to recover damages for their devastating loss.
There are many situations that may bring about a wrongful death lawsuit. Some of these might include medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, defective products, criminal activity, and more.
What does a wrongful death attorney do?
The job of a wrongful death attorney is to handle lawsuits on behalf of families who have lost a loved one due to the misconduct of another. A wrongful death lawyer establishes liability and works to hold the guilty party accountable for their negligence.
These damages can be both economic and noneconomic. Economic losses include things like medical and funeral expenses, out-of-pocket expenses, loss of household services, property damage, loss of support and income, loss of earning capacity, and lost prospective inheritance.
Noneconomic losses, on the other hand, are damages that cannot be equated to a dollar value. These losses take into account factors that may have caused pain and suffering, both for the deceased and their loved ones. This may include things like pain, emotional anguish, reputational damage, humiliation, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium.
How do I choose a wrongful death lawyer?
There are a few things to look for when choosing a wrongful death lawyer. To begin, you want to make sure they currently practice in your area. Different states have different laws and regulations set in place for their specific region. As such, a lawyer must be qualified to work in your state to legally represent you.
When conducting your research, also make sure to look for the areas of law they cover. A wrongful death lawyer is generally one that practices personal injury cases.
Once you are sure your potential attorney is local and covers wrongful death cases, it’s time to look into their case history. Look for cases similar to your own and see how successful they were. You should also take this time to read testimonials and reviews from past clients. A lawyer’s reputation rides heavily on experiences from previous clients, so don’t underestimate the power of a review.
Once you’ve found someone you may be interested in hiring, the next step would be to schedule a consultation with them. Most attorneys, including Reich & Binstock, offer free consultations. Take this opportunity to ask questions and get to know your wrongful death lawyer to see if they are the right fit for you.
How much is a wrongful death lawsuit worth?
There is no average amount that can be applied to all wrongful death lawsuits. No two cases are alike, and the amount of compensation available for each case depends on numerous factors. These factors include the severity of the cause of death, the pain and suffering that ensued, the experience of your lawyer, whether your case is settled or goes to trial, and many, many more.
With all of this in mind, some wrongful death lawsuits settle for upwards of tens of millions of dollars, while others settle for under a million. To get a better estimate of how much your case might be worth, contact our experienced wrongful death attorneys at Reich & Binstock.
Contact Our Houston Wrongful Death Attorneys Today
At Reich & Binstock, our attorneys offer you dedicated representation throughout the entire legal process of a wrongful death lawsuit. Once we have evaluated your case, we will begin work immediately and will keep you updated and informed throughout our independent investigation.
We handle all upfront legal costs, and we will help you tap all available coverage options while your legal case is pending.
For more information or to begin work on your wrongful death lawsuit, contact the Houston attorneys at Reich & Binstock today. Please call us at 713-622-7271 or 800-622-7271 toll free or fill out our online contact form for your free case evaluation.
There is a never a fee unless we recover on your behalf.