• By: Graham Sutliff
  • Published: November 2020

How Do I Pay for a Funeral After a Wrongful DeathThe untimely death of a loved one is a devastating experience. This tragic loss is even more challenging to endure when you know that another person’s negligence was behind it. If another party’s careless and negligent actions caused the death of your loved one, you should not have to worry about funeral expenses and other financial burdens. Sutliff & Stout’s wrongful death attorneys are committed to helping families in Houston secure full and just compensation to cover funeral expenses and other losses after losing a loved one so they can begin to recover and heal.

For knowledgeable and compassionate legal help with filing a wrongful death claim to pay for a funeral in Houston, please contact Sutliff & Stout and speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney today to see how we can help you through this difficult time.

How Much Does the Average Funeral Cost?

According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), the average cost of a funeral in 2019 was $7,640. Funeral costs increase to $9,135 when a vault is needed, which many cemeteries require.

These average costs are based on the most commonly selected funerals items, like a casket and a vault. These totals do not include anything additional that families might want to honor their loved ones. Additional funeral costs may include:

  • Grave space
  • A grave marker
  • Flowers
  • Opening and closing of the grave
  • An obituary

These funeral costs can quickly add $2,000 or more to the final price of a funeral in Texas.

What Funeral Expenses Are Covered in a Wrongful Death Claim?

A wrongful death claim may cover various funeral expenses to help you and your family through this difficult time. Sutliff & Stout wrongful death lawyers in Houston pursue compensation to cover the following funeral expenses:

  • Essential funeral service costs
  • The cost of a death certificate
  • Rental of the funeral home
  • The urn or casket
  • Tombstone
  • Flowers
  • Printed materials
  • Vehicle for procession

Other Recoverable Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim

Wrongful death claims have the potential to recover considerable compensation. Further damages that may be secured in a wrongful death claim in addition to funeral costs include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of future wages
  • Loss of future benefits
  • Loss of consortium
  • Emotional distress
  • Mental anguish

No dollar amount recovered in a wrongful death claim will be able to replace the loss of a loved one. However, it can help your family heal and recover from your catastrophic loss without the financial weight of paying for a funeral.

At Sutliff & Stout, we have over ten years of experience helping people just like you through this tragic time. With each wrongful death claim, we strive to provide our clients with:

  • Financial support. The death of a loved one may cause you to encounter serious financial difficulties, especially if you relied on them for support. A wrongful death claim can help you with the financial aid you need.
  • A sense of closure. A wrongful death claim can provide you with a path to justice, knowing that the person responsible for your loved one’s death will be held accountable by law.

How Do I Recover Funeral Expenses After a Wrongful Death?

If another person’s negligence caused the untimely death of your loved one and you want to recover funeral expenses, speak with an experienced wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. They can walk you through the entire process of filing a wrongful death claim to hold the at-fault parties responsible for the loss of your loved one.

Sutliff & Stout wrongful death lawyers will advise you every step of the way during this process and help you secure full and just compensation by recouping damages for funeral and burial costs, lost earnings, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

Contact Sutliff & Stout’s Houston Wrongful Death Attorneys for a Free Consultation

The Houston wrongful death lawyers at Sutliff & Stout are highly knowledgeable in Texas’s complex personal injury and wrongful death laws. We are ready to help you through this time by fighting for the financial security that your family needs. If you’d like to discuss your situation with an experienced wrongful death attorney from Sutliff & Stout, please schedule a free consultation by completing an online contact form or calling today at (713) 987-7111.

About the Author

Graham Sutliff is a founding partner at Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm. Among other awards and certifications, he is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Super Lawyer for the past decade. In 2019 alone, Graham recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients who were injured by others. To learn more about Graham, click here.

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