If you have lost a family member or loved one due to someone else’s negligence, we would first like to express our deepest sympathies. No monetary reward can ever replace this tragic loss but filing a wrongful death claim may be able to alleviate some of the financial burden. Here is some important information on the available damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. Please contact our office to schedule a free consultation.
Available Damages in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit | Punitive
In a Texas wrongful death case, there are two categories of monetary damages available for recovery. The first type is punitive damages. These are designed to punish those responsible for the death. These are only available when the person responsible acted willfully or the death was the result of his or her gross negligence.
Available Damages in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit | Compensatory
The second is compensatory damages. As its name implies, these compensate the surviving victims in a wrongful death action. Common types of compensatory damages include:
- Loss of future earnings.
- Funeral expenses and medical bills.
- Loss of companionship.
- Emotional pain and suffering (sometimes referred to as mental anguish).
- Loss of inheritance.
- Loss of services (such as the support, care and advice the victim may have continued to receive if their loved one survived).
Call Hector today at 713-489-8067 (Houston) or 1-844-357-6337 (toll-free) for a free consultation. He will carefully explain what rights you may have under Texas’ wrongful death statute, as well as what legal options are available to you.