There are times when the unthinkable happens and a loved and cherished person’s life is cut short by the inept, negligent or reckless behaviors of someone else. Beyond the grief and the irrecoverable loss, the victim’s family must determine how they will be compensated for suffered damages. “Wrongful death” is part of Tort Law and requires the plaintiff to prove that the fatality was caused by the negligent party.
What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In Texas, justice can be obtained for the survivors of those who are wrongfully killed. By filing a wrongful death lawsuit, surviving family members can receive financial security and closure, moving on with your life knowing that the person or entity responsible for your loved one’s death will be held accountable.
Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death in Texas?
In Texas, a deceased person’s spouse, children and/or parents can file a wrongful death lawsuit against any person or company responsible for the death of a loved one. Wrongful death lawsuits can be filed following any kind of accident. This includes accidents involving medical malpractice or defective products.
The amount of money that a court of law awards someone for injury or loss is called “damages”. In Texas, victims can recover many different types of damages, including the following:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of deceased family member’s income and financial support
- Loss of the deceased family member’s companionship
- Mental anguish and suffering
- Funeral expenses
Compensation for grief and loss of companionship is a more sensitive issue as it does not easily translate into dollar amounts. The skill, experience and tenacity of your lawyer will make all the difference. We can help you determine and understand what types of damages you may be entitled to by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. We have the experience that is absolutely necessary.
What is the Time Limit for Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
There are laws in Texas that limit the time you have to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Typically, family members must file within two years of the date on which their loved one passed away. In some cases, the two-year period begins on the date in which your loved one’s fatal injury occurred. Because the statute of limitations can prevent your wrongful death lawsuit from being heard, you should contact a qualified wrongful death lawyer as quickly as possible after losing a loved one. These rules apply regardless of how strong your case is. A fighter and winner, Dallas-based injury attorney Kay Van Wey is also the compassionate and approachable attorney you need for your case. Contact Van Wey Law today to schedule your complimentary consultation.