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The importance of justice in your Texas wrongful death lawsuit

The death of any loved one is a sadly unfortunate event for any family. Even more tragic is when a family member is prematurely killed as a result of a preventable accident. In addition to their grief, the untimely loss of a family member often plunges the victim's survivors into financial hardship. Many families have difficulty even paying for funeral and burial costs, not to mention the added difficulty of having to deal with ordinary household expenses with one less source of income.

No amount of money can ever truly compensate the family of a wrongful death victim, although a substantial award can provide a sense of justice in some circumstances. Texas law recognizes that a person can be held civilly liable if his or her actions, or those of his or her agents, somehow contributed to the death of a person by means of a wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness or default.

Under current Texas, laws surviving family members are entitled to sue for more than just their burial costs. Depending on the severity of the wrongful act, survivors may also be entitled to exemplary damages.

In an earlier blog post, we discussed how the actions of a defendant are critical in determining whether exemplary damages are warranted. For example, a defendant who is found liable for the causing the death of another through a willful act or omission or by some manner of gross negligence is considered more culpable for causing the victim's death. Therefore, the court allows survivors to seek greater damages under those circumstances.

Determining just what a court may consider to be a willful or grossly negligent act can sometimes be difficult for most people unfamiliar with wrongful death actions. Whether your loved one died as a result of a defective product or he or she perished as a result of a botched medical procedure, our law firm is experienced in handling wrongful death claims.

Based in Houston, our law firm offers free consultations to prospective clients who want to get their lives back on track after a tragic accident. Getting justice for the wrongful death of your loved one may be an important first step towards achieving that goal.

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