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Texas Wrongful Death Frequently Asked Questions

Losing someone you love is extremely difficult. In addition to the emotional pain, you might be worried about money, confused about legal issues and unsure of where to turn.

If someone else’s carelessness caused your loved one’s death, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation through a wrongful death claim. Here are some questions that our Longview wrongful death lawyers most often hear:

Who can bring a wrongful death claim in Texas?

In Texas, wrongful death claims can be brought by the surviving spouse, children or parents of the deceased. In some cases, siblings or other close family members may also be eligible to bring a wrongful death claim. If there is no surviving spouse or immediate family, the claim may be brought by the executor or administrator of the deceased’s estate.

What types of compensation may be available to the family?

Texas wrongful death compensation may relate to tangible and intangible losses. Families may receive:

  • Economic damages: Compensation for lost income, medical bills, funeral expenses and future earning potential.
  • Non-economic damages: Compensation for mental anguish, loss of companionship, love, guidance and emotional support.
  • Punitive damages: In rare cases of gross negligence or willful misconduct, this involves receiving compensation that is meant to punish the wrongdoer and deter future wrongdoing.

The court determines the specific types and amounts of compensation, considering the deceased’s life, family relationships and the impact of the death.

How long do I have to bring a wrongful death claim in Texas?

In Texas, you generally have two years from the date of the deceased’s death to file a wrongful death claim. This timeframe is known as the statute of limitations. After this period of time, pursuing legal action becomes significantly more challenging, and your claim may be dismissed. However, there may be rare exceptions. If you have questions about these matters, we encourage you to contact our wrongful death and personal injury attorneys today.

Contact Us For A Free Consultation

The wrongful death attorneys at Boon Calk Echols Coleman & Goolsby represent clients in Longview and throughout East and Northeast Texas. For a free consultation, please call 903-704-0592 or complete our contact form. We can answer your questions, explain your options and help you pursue the financial compensation you and your family need to move forward.