If your loved one died because of someone else’s mistake, dangerous actions, or harmful intent, you might be eligible to file a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death lawsuit holds the person or party responsible for your loved one’s death and provides your family with the compensation they need to move on.
Wrongful death claims are civil suits, which are different from criminal charges. When someone is found guilty in a wrongful death suit, the person responsible may owe you financial compensation. In a criminal trial, they can face jail time. In Texas, eligible family members can file a wrongful death claim, even if there’s already a criminal trial taking place in connection with their loved one’s death.
It’s essential to understand the distinction because it’s not uncommon for grieving families to think that criminal proceedings will help them recover financial compensation and only learn about their possible injury claim after the civil filing deadline has passed.
If you have questions about your options, the differences between these two trials, and what to do next, don’t wait to speak with an experienced Texas wrongful death lawyer who can explain everything to you.