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Types of Damages You Can Recover in a Wrongful Death Claim in Texas

Losing a loved one due to wrongful actions or negligence is a devastating experience. In Texas, surviving family members have the legal right to seek compensation for their loss through a wrongful death claim. Such claims aim to provide financial relief and justice to the affected families.

Understanding the types of damages available in a Texas wrongful death claim can help families navigate the legal process during this challenging time. Whether the cause of death was medical malpractice, a car accident, a workplace injury, or another tragedy, our legal team can thoroughly investigate and pursue a civil claim.

As you move forward, you should be aware of the three types of damages that can be recovered: economic, non-economic, and punitive.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are measurable, objectifiable losses. Two common examples of economic damages in a Texas wrongful death claim are medical expenses and funeral/burial costs. Funeral and burial arrangement costs can be substantial. Families can claim reimbursement for these expenses to alleviate some of the financial burden.

Additionally, if the deceased suffered catastrophic injuries and received any medical treatment for this harm before passing away, the family can seek compensation for these expenses.

Non-Economic Damages

Surviving family members often experience emotional anguish due to their loved one’s untimely death. The loss of a family member can mean the loss of companionship, guidance, and support. In cases where the loved one witnesses the wrongful death, the emotional distress is even worse. Fortunately, Texas law allows survivors to seek compensation for the psychological trauma they experience.

Non-economic damages are the subjective, non-monetary losses that refer to the emotional toll a person experiences after an accident. They are more vague, less tangible, and harder to “prove,” but they are still critical for grieving families. Non-economic damages include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Loss of companionship

Our trusted team can listen to understand the ways your loved one’s passing has impacted your life to ensure a settlement demand accurately reflects your needs.

Punitive Damages

In cases of particularly egregious carelessness, malice, or criminal acts, a decedent’s family may also be able to seek punitive damages. These damages exist to punish the wrongdoer and prevent similar behavior in the future.

Seek the Compensation You Deserve by Filing a Texas Wrongful Death Claim

Navigating legal matters can be daunting, especially while you are grieving. For the support you deserve, consult an attorney with experience handling wrongful death cases. Our firm can gently guide you through the legal process and help you understand the types of damages available in a Texas wrongful death claim. With the right assistance, you and your family can make informed decisions during this difficult time.

While no amount of compensation can ever replace the loss of a loved one, holding the wrongdoer accountable provides a sense of closure and justice for your family. Contact our firm now to receive a free consultation.