One of the questions we often get at our firm is who receives money after a wrongful death lawsuit. A tragedy in Houston has made this a crucial question. Because eight people were killed and hundreds injured at Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival in Houston, Texas, at NRG Park around 9:30 p.m. Friday, November 5, after concertgoers surged toward the stage during the rapper’s headlining set. The dead ranged in age from 14 to 27 years old. Twenty-five people were hospitalized; the youngest patient is just ten years old. Some people appear to have been trampled, authorities said. About 50,000 people attended the show.
Losing a loved one is very difficult, and a tragedy like that can profoundly impact your life. If you or your family members were injured at Travis Scott’s Astroworld music festival in Houston, Texas, at NRG Park, call us at Houston Injury Lawyers, PLLC. We care about your health and wellbeing. The first order of business is for our clients to get better and get back into everyday life. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you recover from all your injuries. A wrongful death attorney can also help you recover from pain and suffering, medical costs, funeral costs, lost wages, and other financial losses caused by a death of a loved one.
The list of people who can get money from a wrongful death claim depends on various factors. The most prominent people are children, adopted children, spouses, and parents. Usually, in Texas, a judge or a jury can consider dividing the compensation among the recipients. It is also important to remember that siblings and other distant relatives cannot file a wrongful death action under Texas rules. One of the major disputes in a wrongful death action is splitting compensation between adult family members.
Several factors determine the fair division of the compensation between the family members. The three factors that are considered are (1) whether the family members are capable of being fair while dividing compensation, (2) whether the family won’t divide compensation without dispute, and (3) If the family will allow their attorneys to work together to split the compensation.
Lastly, a Guardian Ad Litem (“GAL”) appointment may be necessary if the recipient of the hefty settlement or judgment is under 18 years of age. Courts appoint a person as GAL for children because they know that they aren’t old enough to act in their financial interest. A GAL is supposed to make sure that a child is pretty represented to receive a fair amount of compensation from a wrongful death case.
If you or anyone you know has been a victim of wrongful death, please call us and talk to the lawyers at Houston Area Injury Lawyers, PLLC, who can help you navigate this issue and answer any questions you may have. If you would like to speak to someone about your situation or for a free consultation, call our office at (713) 366-HURT (4878)—