Houston Wrongful Death Attorneys
It is devastating to lose a loved one, especially if their death was caused by another’s negligence or recklessness. At the Ivey Law Firm, we provide experienced and knowledgeable legal counsel and representation to families of accident and negligence victims. We offer a complimentary case review to discuss your legal options, including wrongful death claims. An appointment can be scheduled by contacting our office.
What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
Under Texas law, when a victim dies through the negligence or wrongful act of another party, the surviving spouse, children and parents, or the administrator or executor of the decedent’s estate, may seek compensation in a wrongful death claim. The survivors may pursue damages, which include:
- Loss of earning capacity – the amount of money the deceased is likely to have earned had he or she lived a normal number of years
- Pecuniary losses – the value of the care, maintenance, services, support, advice and counsel, as well as any other contribution the survivor would have received from the deceased
- Loss of companionship and society – includes the loss of love, comfort and companionship as a result of the death of the loved one
- Mental anguish – the survivors’ mental anguish and emotional pain and suffering from losing their loved one
- Loss of monetary value of inheritance – the amount the deceased would have left to family members
- Funeral and burial expenses
Exemplary damages, sometimes referred to as punitive damages, may be sought in those cases wherein the conduct of the negligent party was willful, reckless or egregious. Exemplary damages serve two purposes: they are intended to punish the wrongdoer as well as to send a message to society that reckless conduct will not be tolerated.
In addition to the wrongful death claim, the legal heirs may file an action on behalf of the deceased for damages incurred prior to his or her death. This may include hospital, medical, emergency room and medication expenses, as well as lost income and pain and suffering. In some instances the wrongful death and survival claims are joined.
Ivey Law Firm, P.C.
At The Ivey Law Firm, P.C., you will be treated with respect and compassion. Every case is handled personally by either Attorney Jack Todd Ivey or by Attorney Jacob D. Barber. Attorney Ivey has been practicing law since 1993 and was granted Board Certification in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2004. Wrongful death and personal injury cases are accepted on a contingency-fee basis, which means that there are no legal fees unless we successfully settle your case or win in court.