Corpus Christi Wrongful Death Lawyers

Wrongful Death Lawyers Serving Injured Clients in Corpus Christi and Surrounding Communities

No one should lose their life due to the negligence or reckless behavior of another, but unfortunate the unfortunate truth is fatal accidents and injuries occur everyday. The sudden loss of a loved one is a terrible tragedy. Knowing that the death of that person was entirely preventable only adds to the pain.

That is why Thomas J. Henry Law is committed to holding those responsible for instances of wrongful death liable for their actions. Our team of Corpus Christi wrongful death lawyers will fight to ensure justice is served and compensation is granted the family members who now suffer to the loss of their loved one.

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Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Corpus Christi

Wrongful death claims can be complex and confusing, but at their most base level they are meant to offer a means by which individuals can seek compensation for the damages and losses associated with the death of a family member when that death is the result of negligence or reckless behavior.

A thing to remember is that a wrongful death claim is not actually filed on behalf of the deceased family member, nor does it deal with damages suffered by that individual. Instead, wrongful death claims are filed by surviving members of the family seeking damages sustained by them as a result of the death. In fact, when a family seeks compensation on behalf of the deceased, the claim is actually called a survival action (more on that later).

As such, in Corpus Christi, wrongful death lawsuits may be filed by:

  • Spouses
  • Children
  • Parents

Please note that in order for your wrongful claim to be successful, it is essential that you file your lawsuit with a reputable attorney within a specific time frame known as the statute of limitation. Typically, the deadline to file a wrongful death claim is two years; however, waiting can also mean lost evidence and witness clarity, so it is advised that you contact an attorney as soon as possible if you are considering a wrongful death lawsuit.

Recoverable Damages in a Corpus Christi Wrongful Death Lawsuit

As previously mentioned, when you file a wrongful death lawsuit you are actually seeking compensation for damages you personally suffered. Damages commonly sought in wrongful death include:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of financial support
  • Mental anguish
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of emotional support
  • Loss of benefits (i.e. insurance)

Our Corpus Christi wrongful death attorneys have handled countless wrongful death claims and understand the process by which to identify and prove damages in order to provide clients with the best possible outcome for their case. This includes conducting in-depth research, securing evidence immediately after your case is signed, and bringing in industry experts to prove your claim.

Expert Witnesses to Help Move Your Wrongful Death Claim Forward

Thomas J. Henry Law understands the importance of being an expert in your field. This is one reason we place so much value in working with expert witnesses during complex claims. Expert witnesses, also called judicial experts, are additional witnesses that have expertise or specialized knowledge in a particular subject that far surpasses an average person. They are able to provide expert opinions as well as deliver evidence using facts from their field of expertise.

Thomas J. Henry Law has spent more than 25 years building professional relationships with leading experts across a variety of industries and fields.

Depending on the circumstances surrounding your wrongful death claim, Thomas J. Henry Law may enlist the help of:

Filing a Survival Action in Conjunction with Your Corpus Christi Wrongful Death Lawsuit

We previously made mention of survival actions and how they are different than wrongful death lawsuits. Survival actions allow the family and/or estate of a deceased person to seek compensation for damages suffered by the deceased person prior to their death.

The general idea is that had the deceased person survived, he or she would have been able to pursue legal action against the defendant to recover for pain and suffering. Because the person is no longer able to recover those damages, a survival action states that those damages should in turn be paid to the surviving members of that person’s family.

In Corpus Christi, survival actions can be filed by the deceased person’s legal heir or by an estate representative. Survival actions can be filed in conjunction with a wrongful death claim.

Did You Lose a Family Member to Negligence or Reckless Behavior? Contact Our Corpus Christi Wrongful Death Attorneys Immediately

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of an individual, company, or other entity, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our team of experienced Corpus Christi wrongful death attorneys have the experience and resources to handle your claim effectively and aggressively.

At Thomas J. Henry Law, we offer FREE case reviews, and you don’t owe a thing unless we win your case.  Let us help you and your family recover the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to talk with you.

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  • Phone number: 361-254-7873 (attorneys available 24/7 to assist you)
  • Address: 521 Starr Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401 (walk-in Monday through Friday)

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Your Questions Answered

We have straight answers to difficult questions to help you make critical decisions, navigate legal process and help you get justice.

Following an accident, there are always more questions than answers. At Thomas J. Henry, we’re here to answer any questions you have about your injury case.

A wrongful death claim is a claim in which a family seeks damages related to the loss of a loved one. The important thing to remember about wrongful death claims is that they are not actually filed on behalf of the deceased person; instead, they are filed on behalf of the individuals affected by the decedent’s death.

As such, the damages family members seek when filing a wrongful death claim are:

  • Loss of quality of life
  • Loss of love and emotional support
  • Loss of financial support
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of society

Texas law is very clear on who can and can’t file a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death beneficiaries are limited to three categories:

  • Parents
  • Children
  • Spouses

Other relatives, even those that may be considered immediate family members like brothers and sisters, are barred from pursuing wrongful death claims in Texas.

If you meet the above criteria and would like to speak to a Texas wrongful death lawyer in your city, call Thomas J. Henry Law now. Our attorneys are available 24/7 nights and weekends to hear your claim. Additionally, if you are unable to travel to one of our offices, we can send an attorney directly to you!

When the surviving family members (the estate) of an individual who dies because of the negligence of another party file suit, it is known as a wrongful death claim. When the family files, they may seek a variety of different types of damages.

The types of damages available to these survivors vary from state to state but generally fall into three distinct categories: economic, non-economic, and punitive damages. You can learn more about these damages and the process involved by speaking to an accidental death lawyer at Thomas J. Henry Law. Call now for a FREE case consultation.

A statute of limitations is a law that sets the maximum amount of time parties have to initiate legal proceedings from the date the offense occurred. In personal injury law, this essentially is a time limit you have to file your personal injury claim.

While you may think you have a long time to file a claim that deals with a tragedy as great as wrongful death, the statute of limitations for filing such a claim is actually based on the precipitating event and not on the damages that occurred (i.e. the death of a loved one). That is why it is so important to contact an attorney as soon as an accident resulting in death occurs.

The sad truth is that there are instances in which children lose their only surviving parent or both parents in a tragic event. In Texas, that minor is still able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against those responsible for their parents’ death. If you are seeking to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of a minor, call our offices now to speak with a Texas wrongful death attorney.

Oftentimes, a family member of the minor can be appointed by the court to be the guardian of that minor. Upon being appointed, that guardian is tasked with taking care of the minor and given the power to bring a lawsuit against the parties responsible for the death of the minor’s parents on the minor’s behalf.

Additionally, lawsuits can be filed by a decedent’s estate or by the administrator of the decedent’s estate with the damages be provided to the child.

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