As experienced Houston wrongful death attorneys, we know few things are as shocking and distressing as losing a loved one unexpectedly. The only thing that can make things worse is when the party responsible for the wrongful death of your loved one refuse to acknowledge their role and pay what they owe you and your family
If you lost a loved one because of another person’s negligence, you need more than just a wrongful death attorney; you need an ally dedicated to fighting for the justice you and your family deserve.
Filing a wrongful death lawsuit: What you need to know
In the aftermath of a wrongful death, one of the first things surviving spouses and other surviving family members often want to do is to ensure the responsible party is held accountable. But how do you prove wrongful death in court?
In order to craft a successful lawsuit, there are four wrongful death elements you must establish:
- A person has died
- The death was the result of another person’s negligence or intent to harm
- The presence of surviving family members and/or a surviving spouse who have suffered financial damages as a result of the death
- A personal representative has been appointed to handle the estate of the deceased
While the first element may be simple to prove, establishing the others often requires careful preservation and documentation of evidence, something the Houston wrongful death attorneys at Grimes & Fertitta have years of experience handling. We know what kind of evidence you need as well as the expert witnesses required to substantiate that evidence.
Common causes of wrongful death
In broad terms, wrongful death can refer to any death caused by another party’s negligence or criminal actions. In other words, any time someone’s poor decision making or failure to perform a specified duty results in the death of another person, that person may be deemed the responsible party in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Some of the most common causes of wrongful death include: