My wife was a stay-at-home mom when she was killed in a car accident. Can I still file a wrongful death claim even though she didn't work outside the home?

 

A:

Although stay-at-home moms do not generally contribute in monetary ways to the family, many of the wonderful things they do can simply not be measured in a financial way. Many stay-at-home moms do laundry, clean the house, take part in car pools, make sure the kids are on schedule, pack lunches, cook dinners, and keep the family unit running smoothly. So, when such a vital part of a family is taken away in a car accident caused by another person's negligence, the effect it has can be huge. 

It is still absolutely possible to file a wrongful death claim if a stay-at-home mom was the one who died. Though she did not contribute in a financial way, she played a huge role in your family, and the courts need to account for that; this loss is called a pecuniary loss. In addition to the love and support she provided that cannot be replaced, she may have also performed services, like childcare, for which you will now have to arrange and pay. A good Texas wrongful death lawyer will be able to get you compensated for things like:

  • Medical bills
  • Funeral costs
  • Pain and suffering sustained by you and your love ones
  • Loss of companionship 

There are so many emotions following a wrongful death, and you should not need to worry about how you are going to make things work in the future without your loved one. Getting the compensation you deserve in a wrongful death suit will not bring your wife back, but it will help you get back on your feet and begin to move your family in a positive direction. 

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent actions of another person, contact the Austin law office of Earl Straight for a free consultation at 512-454-1331.