Few things are more devastating than a life cut short due to the negligence, defective product or recklessness of another.
Why You Need a Texas Wrongful Death Attorney
Having lost a loved one himself in a plane crash, Richard understands what families are going through during the difficult time following a sudden and unexpected death of a close family member. And, as a wrongful death attorney who has represented families for over thirty-five years, Richard Schechter also knows the steps that need to be taken to preserve the legal rights and remedies for those who have endured the death of a loved one due to the fault of others.
How Do Wrongful Deaths Occur?
A wrongful death occurs when someone is killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another party. These types of catastrophic events may occur in many places and settings, including in our hospitals, on our roads, on the job, or even in the comfort of your own home. Wrongful death lawsuit claims that may arise as a result of the death of a loved one include:
- medical malpractice lawsuits;
- 18-wheeler, commercial vehicle, private auto and trucking accident claims;
- actions against companies as a result of deaths on a worksite, including deaths caused by falls, dropped objects, electrocutions, fires or explosions, exposure to toxic chemicals, and being caught between objects or in machinery;
- premises liability claims; and
- product liability claims, among others.
Texas wrongful death lawyer Richard Schechter has represented families who lost loved ones in all these circumstances and settings. He has the knowledge, experience and expertise necessary to successfully navigate the complexities of a wrongful death claim.
The Complexities of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Wrongful death cases are extremely intricate and time-consuming cases to develop. When a family is grieving, it is understandably a time of great emotional hardship. Yet at the same time, it is important for someone to investigate what transpired, and preserve all the evidence and testimony that will help the family prevail in the lawsuit. Richard Schechter understands this period of turmoil and makes it his mission to guide you through the legal process. He realizes that while a lawsuit is the last thing a bereaving family wants, it is important to protect their interests.
Wrongful death claims are often time-sensitive, and Houston wrongful death attorney Richard Schechter is experienced in helping clients file these claims and develop damages in accordance with Texas law.
Further complicating matters in a wrongful death claim is the fact that the potential defendants are likely to immediately retain lawyers who will employ a variety of aggressive legal tactics to investigate and develop the case and their defenses as quickly as possible. In order to best preserve the rights of you and your family, it’s essential that you promptly contact a wrongful death lawyer Houston families have trusted for over thirty-five years. We encourage you to reach out to the Law Office of Richard Schechter, P.C. for a free consultation with Richard Schechter, an experienced attorney who has the legal expertise to handle a wrongful death case like yours.
Damages Recoverable in a Texas Wrongful Death Claim
Recovery of damages for a wrongful death in Texas is governed by the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Chapter 71. That statutory provision provides that if a family proves another party is liable, the family may recover monetary damages to compensate the family for the following types of losses:
- Loss of financial support the deceased would have provided to the surviving family;
- Loss of care, emotional support, advice, counsel, and household services the deceased would have extended to the surviving family;
- The mental anguish the surviving family has gone through as a result of the death of their loved one;
- Loss of the deceased’s love, companionship and society; and
- Loss of inheritance, including what the deceased would have likely left to surviving family.
Who Can Recover Damages Under the Texas Wrongful Death Law?
Under Texas Law, the following persons can recover damages for the loss of a loved one: the surviving spouse, children of the decease and parents of the deceased. Adult children, as well as legally adopted children, have the right to file a wrongful death claim. (Siblings, ex-spouses and all others are barred from recovery in Texas.) If there are multiple parties who bring a lawsuit, the jury decides how to divide the damages among each of the surviving family members.
Get Justice with Houston Wrongful Death Attorney Richard Schechter
No amount of money can ever adequately compensate a family for the loss of a loved one. However, obtaining justice in the face of the wrongful acts that resulted in the death of your family member can help restore a sense of fairness and bring some measure of peace to a painful and difficult situation. The Law Office of Richard Schechter, P.C. has a history of obtaining significant jury verdicts and settlements in wrongful death and personal injury cases.
Houston wrongful death lawyer Richard Schechter and his team will devote their energy and experience to your unique case and work hard to get you the justice you deserve.