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Have you recently suffered the devastating loss of someone close to you due to another party’s wrongful actions or inaction? Are you facing financial hardship in addition to the weight of overwhelming grief? While no amount of money could ever make up for your loss, filing a wrongful death claim against the responsible party could provide a sense of accountability and fair compensation to ease your burdens.
But just because you deserve compensation from a wrongful death claim, that doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to get it. When you file a wrongful death claim in Texas, you will likely be up against opposing parties and insurance companies that will fight tooth and nail to reduce or eliminate your settlement. Having an experienced, dedicated lawyer at your side can make all the difference.
We at Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs have been standing strong for the injured and bereaved in Houston for decades. Since 1992, we’ve recovered more than $1 billion in full and fair compensation for clients across Texas. Our many victories include both strategic settlements and fearless litigation before judges and juries. Three of our attorneys hold board certifications from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, meaning we’re highly qualified and equipped to handle even the most complex cases.
To learn more about how a Houston wrongful death lawyer can support you in this difficult time, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free initial case review.
What Must I Prove in a Texas Wrongful Death Case?
A Texas wrongful death lawsuit is a type of civil case. This means that the legal standard of proof differs from that of a criminal case for offenses like homicide or manslaughter.
In criminal cases, the prosecution must prove the defendant’s guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” This is the highest standard of proof, requiring evidence so compelling as to leave no reasonable basis to doubt the defendant’s guilt. In other words, the court must be firmly convinced that the defendant is guilty based on the available evidence.
On the other hand, the standard of proof for civil cases like a wrongful death lawsuit is “a preponderance of the evidence.” This is a lower standard than proof beyond a reasonable doubt. It requires you to show that it’s more likely than not that the defendant’s negligence or wrongful actions caused your loved one’s death. This doesn’t require the level of certainty that proof beyond a reasonable doubt demands, but rather just that the scales tip in favor of your claim being true.
Still, proving a wrongful death case requires substantial evidence, which could include the following: