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Speak with qualified best wrongful death lawyers today. Williams Hart & Boundas was founded to fight for everyday Americans. We have fought for decades on behalf of workers. Our record of success is known by many corporations and insurance companies. We know how to handle workplace accident claims. So, whether the accident occurred on a construction site, oil field or rig, industrial or manufacturing plant, or in an office, we are ready to fight for you.
Many people wrongly assume that they can only file for workers’ compensation benefits if they have been injured on the job. They do not realize that their company may be a “nonsubscriber” and may not even have workers’ compensation coverage available for you! Additionally, even if your employer has workers’ compensation coverage, you are not automatically barred from taking legal action. Especially if there were other parties (like an equipment manufacturer), who may be at fault for your injury.
That’s why it is so important to contact an experienced attorney who understands the intricacies of workplace accidents. At Williams Hart & Boundas, we have seen it all and have successfully handled countless claims on behalf of workers just like you. We know how to handle insurance companies and employers. Our lawyers will fight tenaciously to maximize the amount of compensation you will receive for your claim. That’s our commitment to you, and you can trust that we will be by your side every step of the way.
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HOW OUR WRONGFUL DEATH LAWYERS CAN HELP
While no amount of compensation can make up for the loss you have suffered, we believe the justice system can bring accountability and closure. Our track record of success in helping thousands of families is what sets us apart from other firms. We stand ready to help you when the unthinkable happens.
When clients ask what motivates us, our team will tell you that justice for the family is the biggest factor in everything we do. Contact us today for a free consultation with a legal professional. Get the facts about your possible case with no obligation.
WHAT IS A WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT?
In short, a wrongful death lawsuit is a civil claim filed by family members who lost a relative due to someone else’s negligence or misconduct to recover compensation for their losses. They can ask for the damages that their deceased relative would have been legally entitled to collect had he/she survived the incident in which they were killed plus the losses that they suffered due to their relative’s untimely death.
Wrongful deaths occur under a wide variety of circumstances. A death is wrongful if it was the result of someone else’s actions.
Williams Hart & Boundas partners Jim Hart and Sean McCarthy joined fellow Houston plaintiffs’ attorney Carlos Leon as co-counsel on a wrongful death case in El Paso, Texas, that resulted in an outstanding $13M verdict. The lawsuit was filed by The Leon Law...
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ARE YOU ELIGIBLE TO SUE FOR WRONGFUL DEATH?
Each state has its own rules about who can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Still, here in Texas, the surviving spouse, children (both adults and minors), and parents of the deceased are generally eligible to file. One of these individuals can file a claim on their own, or a group of them can file together. However, suppose no one from this cohort files a wrongful death claim within three months of the deceased’s passing. In that case, the executor of the deceased’s estate can file a claim on behalf of the estate.
The wrongful death attorneys at Williams Hart & Boundas firmly believe that the family should not shoulder the financial burdens that come with losing a loved one due to a tragic accident. It’s critical that you contact us as soon as possible to discuss your options. Let us fight on behalf of your family, just as we have for thousands of other families before.
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When you call our firm, you’ll get to speak immediately to a qualified, compassionate wrongful death attorney. We’ll be ready to answer your questions and be a shoulder to lean on during this challenging time. Our consultations are always 100% free and completely confidential. So contact one of our Houston wrongful death lawyers of Williams Hart & Boundas today to get started.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If the deceased left behind multiple heirs, how are damages divided?
Ideally, the decedent’s heirs will reach an agreement on how to divide the resulting damages among themselves. However, if they have not made such an agreement or cannot do so, the court can make an apportionment for them.
What’s the difference between homicide and wrongful death?
How long do I have to file a wrongful death claim?
Wrongful death lawsuits can only be filed for a limited amount of time after the deceased passes away. Each state has its own set of laws, or statutes of limitations, that set timeframes within which different types of civil lawsuits can be filed.
Here in Texas, we have a statute of limitations that requires wrongful death lawsuits to be filed within two years of the deceased’s passing. There are a few limited exceptions to this rule, but most wrongful death claims filed after more than two years have passed will be barred by this statute and not be heard by the court.
Who can I sue for the wrongful death?
When someone dies due to another party’s negligence or intentional actions. The surviving family members of the deceased could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party or parties responsible. This can cover a wide variety of entities, from individuals to companies to employees or government agencies.
Multiple parties may share liability in some instances. That’s why it is crucial to hire a wrongful death lawyer to help you identify all liable parties and hold them accountable. For example, if someone is killed in a drunk driving accident, responsible parties could include:
- The driver who chose to drive while intoxicated and caused the crash
- Persons who sold or served alcohol to the driver
- The owner of the establishment that overserved the driver
This is simply an example of how liability could be assigned to several entities. Be sure to speak with your attorney about the specifics of your case as soon as possible.
How long does a wrongful death case take?
While it is natural for surviving family members to want to resolve their wrongful death case as quickly as possible. And to see that justice is served and to grieve and rebuild their lives in peace. The reality is that a wrongful death claim could take months or years to resolve. While some settlements can be achieved in a matter of months, you should expect your case to take anywhere from one to four years to be resolved entirely.
It’s vital to understand that speed is not the most important factor to consider with wrongful death cases. It takes time to investigate the tragic accident, identify all potentially liable parties, and build a persuasive case. In Texas, you have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit according to our state’s statute of limitations. Thus, you’ll want to allow your attorney plenty of time to negotiate for a fair settlement. If no settlement can be reached, they may advise you to file a lawsuit and seek damages in court.
What damages can I recover?
Damages awarded in a Texas wrongful death case can be broken down into the following three main categories: compensation for the decedent’s losses, compensation for surviving family members’ losses, and punitive damages.
Compensation for Decedent’s Losses. Compensation that the decedent would have legally been entitled to collect from the defendant had he/she survived. Examples include compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical Expenses
- Lost wages
Compensation for Surviving Family Member’s Losses. Compensation for the losses the surviving family members suffered as a result of the untimely death. Examples include compensation for:
- Lost companionship, love and comfort
- Lost care, maintenance, and support
- Funeral Expenses
- Lost inheritance
- Loss of consortium
Exemplary/Punitive Damages. If the wrongful death was caused by a willful act (or omission), gross negligence, or by particularly egregious behavior. Then the court may award exemplary damages to punish the defendant and deter others from engaging in similar conduct in the future.
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At Williams Hart & Boundas, we are dedicated to providing high-quality legal representation across various cases. Our experienced attorneys are nationally recognized leaders in Personal Injury, Mass Tort, Commercial Litigation, and First-Party Insurance, ensuring that our clients receive the compensation they deserve when they've suffered harm due to someone else's negligence, dangerous products, or widespread harmful practices.
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