Supreme Court Opens Door to Wrongful Death Claims for Same-Sex Couples

The LGBT community and its advocates have many reasons to celebrate, and marriage isn’t the only one. With the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage across the nation comes a slew of new legal implications and benefits previously withheld from LGBT couples.

Now, for example, same-sex couples can adopt children regardless of where they live.

But the Supreme Court’s ruling affects more than family law; same-sex married couples also have the right to seek financial compensation on behalf of their spouses, just like heterosexual partners.

What Is a Wrongful Death Case?

Wrongful death claims and lawsuits are similar to personal injury, except they involve loss of life instead of a serious injury.

In short, a wrongful death lawsuit allows the parents, spouse or child of a deceased accident victim to fight for justice and fair compensation. This might include compensation for funerary expenses, medical costs incurred before death, and noneconomic damages such as lost companionship and income.

Same-Sex Marriage and Wrongful Death

In the past, same-sex couples faced specific challenges in wrongful death cases. With the help of the Supreme Court’s ruling, these couples have the same legal privileges given to heterosexual couples.

Wrongful death lawsuits by same-sex partners fell under scrutiny in the past, but some cities and states allowed these lawsuits to go to court. In July 2001, a landmark ruling in San Francisco, CA enabled such a case to be heard in front of a jury.

Today, married couples across the nation have the same right.

Do You Need an Attorney?

If you lost someone you love because of another’s carelessness or negligence, speak to a Houston wrongful death attorney from the Law Office of Daniel D. Horowitz, III PC today. Our firm is passionate about helping people stand up for their rights and pursue the justice they and their families deserve.

Get in touch with us today for consultation regarding you case. Your first discussion with a lawyer is free, so contact us now.