Texas law considers a wrongful death to be brought about if the cause was
a “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default”
of one party. For example, if a drunk driver crashes into and kills a
pedestrian, the driver can be civilly sued for wrongful death.
However, only certain individuals can legally file a wrongful death suit
against the responsible party. The surviving spouse, children, and parents
of the deceased person can file a claim in the state of Texas. They can
submit the claim singly, or a group of them may choose to file together.
The individuals not allowed to file a wrongful death claim include surviving
siblings, regardless of the closeness they shared with the deceased, and
individuals in a personal relationship with the deceased.
Damages in such claims are paid to compensate the surviving family members
and the estate for their losses stemming from the untimely death of the
deceased. They can cover lost earning capacity, mental and emotional anguish,
lost companionship, lost inheritance, and lost care and maintenance support.
If your loved one was killed by severe negligence, don’t hesitate
to give our compassionate
Fort Worth wrongful death attorneys a call. The
Law Office of James M. Stanley can provide dedicated and skilled advocates for injured victims and their
families. Let us see what we can do for you.
Contact us at (817) 591-4222 or fill out our online form to schedule your complimentary
case evaluation today.