Every day countless Americans across the nation are involved in catastrophic accidents resulting from the negligent or intentional behavior of another. Unfortunately, a multitude of those daily accidents result in the death of a loved one. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute reported that in 2017 there were 37,133 deaths arising out of car accidents alone. Residents of Texas accounted for 3,722 of those deaths. The civil lawsuits arising out of those heartbreaking situations are called Wrongful Death Claims and Survival Actions.
In a wrongful death lawsuit in Texas, the surviving spouse, the surviving parents, and the surviving children can recover monetary compensation for the loss of their loved one. While in a survival action the estate of the deceased can be compensated. Therefore, a lawsuit stemming from the death of a loved one can contain both a survival action and a wrongful death claim. Survivors of the deceased are not limited to just one claim for recovery. Such claims must be made pursuant to the Texas Survival Statute and the Texas Wrongful Death Act. This is not an easy task. Survivors must take quick action to meet the rigorous requirements set forth in these laws.
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one at the hands of another, contact the Houston wrongful death lawyers at Ramsey Law Group for a free consultation. Our attorneys will help you navigate the treacherous Texas Survival Statute and Wrongful Death Act to allow you to maximize your possible compensation. Our lawyers have handled wrongful death and survival claims involving a multitude of accidents involving automobile accidents, 18-wheeler and commercial vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, aviation accidents, workplace accidents, explosions and fires, and defective products.