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Wrongful Death Attorneys in Austin

Pursuing the Just Recovery You Deserve

There is nothing more difficult than dealing with the death of a family member. Knowing that your loved one's death could have and should have been prevented can make the healing process even more difficult. At Howry Breen & Herman, we strive to hold negligent parties liable for their actions. With nearly 25 years of legal experience, our Austin wrongful death attorneys can help you fight for the justice and recovery you deserve. We understand how difficult your situation is, which is why we provide compassionate, personalized legal services and uncompromising representation you can count on. We are here to help you navigate the legal system so that you can focus on grieving, honoring the lost one, and moving forward.

To discuss your case with our attorneys, call us at (512) 430-4844 or contact us online.

What Is "Wrongful" Death?

Under Texas law, a death is considered "wrongful" if it occurred as a result of negligence. There are many different types of incidents that can lead to a wrongful death.

At Howry Breen & Herman, we have handled wrongful death claims resulting from:

If your loved one was killed, and you believe negligence played a role, our firm can help. Our Austin wrongful death lawyers will look at every aspect of your situation in order to determine the best course of action. No matter how complex or difficult your case may be, we can provide answers to your questions as we work to build a strong case on your behalf.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Texas?

Texas law states who can—and who cannot—file a wrongful death claim. A surviving spouse, child, or parent of the decedent may file a claim. An adopted child or the adoptive parent(s) of the decedent may also file a claim if the adoption was legal and fully completed prior to the accident. Unfortunately, Texas law does not allow siblings to file a wrongful death claim if their brother or sister is killed.

The surviving spouse, child, or parent of the decedent may pursue certain damages, including but not limited to:

  • Medical treatment for injuries prior to death
  • Funeral/burial expenses
  • Pain, suffering, and emotional distress
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Lost inheritance
  • Loss of companionship/love

It is also important to note that the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim in Texas is two years. This means that surviving family members have two years from the date of death to file a claim.

Compassionate Legal Counsel. Aggressive Advocacy.

At Howry Breen & Herman, we sit down with each and every client for an in-depth consultation. We listen with an empathetic ear, working to understand your personal objectives and goals. From there, we can help you begin to build a case centered on in-depth analysis, thorough investigation, and careful examination of the facts. We offer open, honest communication and uncompromising representation every step of the way. With decades of litigation experience, we are fully prepared to take your case to trial if necessary. We have handled thousands of cases and have obtained numerous million and multi-million-dollar settlements for our clients throughout Austin, Georgetown, and the surrounding areas.

Contact us at (512) 430-4844 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.

  • Howry Breen & Herman is proud to have been nominated as “America’s Premier High-Stakes Trial Lawyers®” – 7 Figure Litigators®, 8 Figure Litigators®, ®, which is meant to recognize the nation’s most respected and preeminent high-stakes trial lawyers based on their verifiable verdicts and/or settlements.
  • Howry Breen & Herman is proud to have been nominated as “America’s Premier High-Stakes Trial Lawyers®” – 7 Figure Litigators®, 8 Figure Litigators®, ®, which is meant to recognize the nation’s most respected and preeminent high-stakes trial lawyers based on their verifiable verdicts and/or settlements.
  • Best Lawyers in America
    The Best Lawyers in America® recognizes top legal talent throughout the U.S. via a rigorous peer-review process. At Howry, Breen & Herman, we are proud to have several attorneys who have earned a place in The Best Lawyers in America® list.
  • Best Lawyers 2018
    Inclusion in Best Lawyers, the oldest and one of the most highly regarded legal peer-review publications, is regarded by both attorneys and clients as an extremely high honor. Our firm is proud to have multiple attorneys selected for this honor.
  • Top 50 US Verdicts All Practice Areas Texas 2017
    Our attorneys were honored by for recovering one of the Top 50 Verdicts in Texas in 2017. This is an honorable distinction, reserved for those attorneys that achieve the highest settlements and verdicts in the state.
  • Best Lawyers Best Law Firms US News 2016
    Howry, Breen & Herman is proud to have been selected as one of U.S. News’s Best Law Firms. Law firms are selected for inclusion in in this prestigious ranking based on a series of quantitative and qualitative criteria.
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    Several of our attorneys are members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a renowned legal organization whose membership is restricted to trial attorneys who have achieved seven-figured settlements and/or jury verdicts.
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
    A number of our lawyers are invited members of The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100, a highly respected legal organization that limits its members to trial attorneys who have been nominated by their peers and met strict qualification requirements.
  • Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    We are proud to have numerous attorneys who are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In order to become a member, an attorney must demonstrate that he or she has successfully achieved at least one six-figure settlement or jury verdict.
  • Top American Lawyers
    Membership in Top American Lawyers is limited to only 1% of all attorneys in the United States. We at Howry, Breen & Herman are proud to have a number of attorneys who have been accepted as members of this exclusive organization.
  • AV Preeminent
    Martindale-Hubbell® is widely regarded as one of the most renowned peer-review rating organizations in the legal field. Several attorneys at Howry, Breen & Herman have achieved the organization’s highest distinction of AV Preeminent®.
  • Super Lawyers
    Each year, Super Lawyers® magazine publishes its list of peer-nominated/evaluated and independently reviewed attorneys. We are proud to have several attorneys who have been selected for inclusion in the prestigious Super Lawyers® list.
  • Texas Monthly Top Attorneys - Sean E. Breen
    Top Attorneys As Published In Texas Monthly
  • America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys
  • Business Tort Top 10 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers 2019
  • Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year | Personal Injury - Plaintiffs
  • Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year | Litigation - Trusts & Estates
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