wrongful death

If your loved one was killed by the wrongful conduct of a person or company, the Houston wrongful death attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm can bring a wrongful death claim against the wrongdoer and hold them accountable for your loss.

Houston Wrongful Death Attorneys

If a loved one passed away unexpectedly, you need a Houston wrongful death lawyer to determine if you have a wrongful death claim. Coping with a loved one’s death can be extremely challenging. You’re suffering emotionally and, at the same time, you are still required to continue with your normal life and handle new, unexpected difficulties. This process can be even more difficult when your loved one’s death was caused by a negligent party.

At The Ammons Law Firm, we have helped families hold wrongdoers responsible for their actions for over two decades. While the law cannot bring your loved one back, it can force the wrongdoer to compensate you for the harm you have suffered because of your loss. Holding a wrongdoer responsible for their actions is important because it helps innocent families receive the financial support they need to deal with the financial strain of an unexpected loss, and it deters wrongdoers from engaging in similar behavior in the future, helping others from having to go through the same challenges.

If your loved one passed away and you think a person, company, government agency, or manufacturer could be responsible, you need to speak with our Houston wrongful death lawyers to determine your rights under the law.

If your loved one was killed in a wrongful death incident, call our Houston wrongful death attorneys today for a free consultation

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Our Houston wrongful death lawyers have the training, experience, and resources to handle cases of all kinds and hold all wrongdoers accountable for their negligent conduct.

What Is Wrongful Death in Texas?

According to Sec. 71.002 of Texas state law, when a life is taken due to “wrongful acts, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default” of another party, it’s classified as the heartbreaking event of wrongful death. In such cases, the party responsible for the death can face a civil lawsuit. However, the responsibility for proving that the death was a result of the defendant’s negligence rests with the plaintiff.

A wrongful death lawsuit in Texas is a civil action, meaning it is intended to seek compensation rather than to levy criminal charges. Such a claim can be pursued whether the at-fault party has committed a crime or not. In some instances, a civil lawsuit may proceed concurrently with a criminal trial. The surviving family members may be able to secure financial compensation for economic damages, including burial and funeral expenses, and bring the at-fault party to justice. However, it’s essential to note that a wrongful death lawsuit is not a criminal proceeding like a murder or homicide trial; it is instead aimed at holding the defendant civilly accountable for the loss of life.

Types of Wrongful Death Claims

At Ammons Law Firm, we empathize deeply with the anguish and loss endured by families in Texas in such circumstances. Our goal is to bring to the forefront the typical causes of wrongful death to heighten awareness and encourage preventative measures.

In Houston Texas, wrongful deaths can occur as a result of numerous types of accidents and injuries, including but not limited to the following:

What Damages Can Be Recovered in Wrongful Death Cases?

The Houston wrongful death attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm have recovered more than $1 billion for our clients, many of whom lost loved ones in wrongful death cases.

We help the families of wrongful death victims recover compensation for a variety of damages, including:

  • Medical expenses incurred prior to death
  • Burial and/or funeral expenses
  • Lost wages/income
  • Loss of expected future earnings
  • Loss of household services provided by the deceased
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of consortium
  • Lost inheritance

In certain circumstances, our wrongful death attorneys may also be able to pursue punitive damages. This type of compensation is meant to punish liable parties for egregious negligence, as well as ensure that similar acts/accidents do not occur again in the future.


If you or someone you know was wrongfully killed by another’s conduct, contact our Houston wrongful death lawyers today. Your initial consultation is completely free and entirely confidential.

Wrongful Death Claims and Lawsuits

Following the unexpected passing of a loved one our attorneys will begin building your case to maximize your recovery and hold all negligent parties accountable for their actions. This will provide you with the needed space to grieve and take care of yourself and your family without having to worry about holding the wrongdoer responsible.

Step 1
Consulting a Wrongful Death Attorney

Following the death of a loved one, we will begin searching for answers to help you better understand what happened. The first step is to meet with you, either in person or remotely, to better understand what you need and how we can best accomplish your objectives.

How Can Our Houston Wrongful Death Lawyers Help?

Navigating the legal system can be daunting when you’re also grieving. Our Houston wrongful death attorneys know how to properly prepare our clients’ cases and prove liability in court. We seek the maximum compensation our clients are owed in order to provide for their current and future financial challenges, as well as offer a much-needed sense of justice.

While having a death in the family can be emotionally challenging on its own, the deceased’s family members can also easily build up debt with costly medical bills and funeral expenses—not to mention, the deceased could have been the primary breadwinner in the family, and now surviving loved ones must contend with a loss of income and financial support.

Our Houston wrongful death lawyers know how stressful this time can be, which is why we provide caring and committed representation to clients in Houston and nationwide.

Why Choose the Ammons Law Firm?

At the Ammons Law Firm, our experienced wrongful death attorneys understand the urgency and intricacies of these cases. They’re prepared to guide you through the legal process, ensuring all paperwork is correctly filed within the specified statute of limitations. Their expertise can provide you with the best chance of securing the compensation you deserve. Therefore, to avoid missing a deadline, it’s imperative to consult with a wrongful death lawyer from Ammons Law Firm at your earliest convenience.

At The Ammons Law Firm, we are committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive legal representation. Here’s why you should choose us:

  1. Expertise and Experience: Our attorneys bring decades of experience and specialized knowledge in handling wrongful death claims. We understand the complexities of these cases and know how to navigate the legal landscape to get the best possible outcomes.
  2. Personal Attention: We value our client relationships and strive to provide the utmost care and attention to each case. You’re not just another case file; you are a person deserving justice, and we’re here to help you achieve it.
  3. Proven Track Record: Our history of securing substantial settlements and verdicts is evidence of our strong legal experience and reputation. We’re dedicated to fighting for the maximum compensation you deserve.
  4. No Upfront Fees: We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you owe us nothing unless we win your case. This ensures access to high-quality legal representation, regardless of your current financial situation.

Losing a loved one due to another’s wrongful actions is devastating. You don’t have to face this challenging time alone. Contact The Ammons Law Firm today. Our skilled wrongful death attorneys will strive tirelessly to bring justice to your loved one and help you navigate this difficult period.

Contact Our Wrongful Death Attorneys Today

Following the death of a loved one, our wrongful death attorneys can help you navigate the legal process and do the heavy lifting for you. We will work with you to ensure your desires are met and your family receives the answers and justice they are entitled under the law. Holding all wrongdoers accountable for their wrongful conduct will help prevent further injuries and death from happening to innocent victims, and help your family receive the financial compensation needed to mourn without financial worry and cover the unexpected costs following the loss of a loved one. We are here to help you move forward and have a long track record of successfully representing families dealing with the aftermath of a tragic loss. Speak with our wrongful death attorneys today to learn how we can help you.

If you or someone you know was wrongfully killed by another’s conduct, contact our Houston wrongful death lawyers today. Your initial consultation is completely free and entirely confidential.

FREQUENTLY Asked Questions

  • Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Houston?

    In Houston, Texas, the law establishes specific guidelines for who has the legal capacity to file a wrongful death claim. If you’re not a qualified party or a representative of the deceased’s estate, you may be ineligible to pursue wrongful death damages. According to Texas law, the following close relatives of the deceased are permitted to initiate wrongful death lawsuits:

    • A surviving spouse
    • Surviving children, including legally adopted children
    • Surviving parents

    These categories of relatives are not listed in a hierarchical manner; all have equal rights to file a claim. If these relatives do not initiate a wrongful death claim within three months of the decedent’s death, the executor or administrator of the deceased’s estate may proceed with the lawsuit, unless expressly requested not to do so by a surviving relative.

    It’s crucial to note that siblings, both biological and adopted, are not eligible to file a wrongful death claim in Texas.

    Navigating the specifics of these rules can be challenging when dealing with the loss of a loved one. Therefore, it’s advisable to seek the assistance of an experienced attorney to guide you through the process of filing a wrongful death claim in Houston.

  • What is the Texas Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations?

    In Texas, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit is generally two years from the date of death. Exceptions like the discovery rule can extend this deadline if the cause of death was identified later. However, certain circumstances can shorten or lengthen the two-year period. Missing this deadline can jeopardize your right to compensation, even with proven negligence.

  • How to Prove Wrongful Death in Texas?

    In a wrongful death lawsuit under Texas law, the plaintiff is required to establish that the defendant’s actions resulted in death. This act could have been negligent or unlawful.To prevail in a wrongful death claim, four elements must be established:

    Duty of Care: The plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant, whether an employer, an individual, a corporation, or a governmental entity, owed a duty to the decedent. As an example, an individual has a duty to operate their motorcycle responsibly and not while impaired.

    Breach of Duty: The plaintiff must provide evidence that the defendant did not uphold their duty. If someone does not drive responsibly or drives while intoxicated, they have violated their duty to others.

    Causation: The plaintiff needs to prove that the negligent or otherwise wrongful act, or lack thereof, by the defendant, resulted in the decedent’s death. For instance, a head-on collision may not have transpired had the defendant not operated their motorcycle while under the influence.

    Damages: In Texas, there are two ways to substantiate damages. Survival damages serve to compensate for the losses suffered by the deceased, while wrongful death damages aim to provide compensation to the surviving family members.

  • How Much is Wrongful Death Cases Worth?

    Determining the exact value of a wrongful death case in Texas is not straightforward, as it depends on a multitude of factors unique to each case. However, it’s crucial to understand the types of damages that are typically considered in Texas wrongful death claims. These damages fall into two broad categories: Economic and non-economic.

    Economic damages are tangible losses, often easier to calculate because they are grounded in specific amounts that the decedent and their family have lost or will lose due to the death. They include:

    1. Loss of the decedent’s earnings and earning potential: This includes wages the decedent would have earned had they lived, considering their career trajectory, age, skills, and more.
    2. Loss of inheritance: This refers to what the beneficiaries reasonably could have expected to receive if the decedent had lived a natural lifespan.
    3. Medical and funeral expenses: If the decedent received medical care for their fatal injury, or if the family had to pay for funeral costs, these can be included as economic damages.

    Non-economic damages are less tangible and often harder to quantify, but they can be equally or even more impactful than economic losses. They include:

    1. Loss of companionship, love, and comfort: Surviving family members can be compensated for the loss of the deceased’s presence in their lives.
    2. Mental and emotional anguish: The surviving relatives’ emotional suffering can also be compensated.

    In Texas, there are no caps on the amount of damages that can be awarded in most wrongful death claims, unlike in many other states. However, in medical malpractice claims, non-economic damages are capped.

    Please note that every wrongful death case is unique, and the damages awarded can vary greatly based on the specific circumstances of each case. It’s essential to consult with an experienced wrongful death attorney to get a realistic understanding of the potential value of your claim.

  • What is the Legal Process of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

    The legal process for a wrongful death lawsuit can be complex, involving various stages such as investigation, filing the lawsuit, discovery, negotiation, and potentially a trial.

    When you choose The Ammons Law Firm, our attorneys will guide you through each step of the process. We conduct thorough investigations, collect strong evidence, file the lawsuit on your behalf, handle negotiations, and represent you at trial if a fair settlement cannot be reached.

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