When you suddenly and unexpectedly lose a loved one, it is easy to get overwhelmed. The practical questions such as “how will I take care of my family without them?” and “how will I afford to pay for a funeral?” compete with the bigger questions such as “who is responsible for this?” and “how can I hold them accountable?”
The wrongful death lawyers at Alford & Clark are here for you during the most difficult and trying times, and have the experience to help you get the justice that both you and your lost loved one deserve.
Wrongful death claims and survival actions are notoriously difficult and complex. The average injury attorney will not have the experience needed to successfully litigate your case – they will not be familiar with the probate courts or able to help you manage your loved one’s estate and they will not understand the nuances of this complex area of the law.
Wrongful death claims and survival actions must usually be filed within two years from the date of your loved one’s death, however there are many exceptions which may shorten the time you have to file a lawsuit. Attorneys who are not experienced in handling wrongful death claims may not be aware of these exceptions and could blow the deadline, thereby depriving you of your right to your day in court and forever barring you from holding the responsible parties accountable.
The wrongful death attorneys at Alford & Clark will treat you and your lost loved one with respect – and will do everything they can to get the justice that both you and your lost loved one deserve
Unfortunately, the Texas Legislature has decided that a wrongful death claim is for the exclusive benefit of the surviving spouse, children, and parents of the deceased. This means that the decedent’s siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, and close friends may not sue for wrongful death.
A survival action is brought by the legal representative of the estate of the decedent. The legal representative is typically either named in the decedent’s will or appointed by the court.