When a loved one dies under tragic and unexpected circumstances, the death
leaves a substantial emotional toll on the family members left behind.
In addition, losing someone—especially if he or she is the main
financial contributor to the household—can also cause financial
hardship to the entire family.
It is imperative that the survivors of a victim understand the various
types of compensation or damages available in a
wrongful death lawsuit. The deceased’s beneficiaries are generally an individual’s
spouse, children, and any other relatives for whom the deceased provided
The following are the three types of damages that may be available to the
survivors in a wrongful death lawsuit in Texas:
Economic damages – The first category of damages permits compensation for losses
experienced by the deceased from the moment of the negligent act that
led to death and the value of financial contributions the victim would
have made to the survivors if he or she didn’t die. These damages
include medical and funeral expenses associated with the death, loss of
the deceased person’s expected earnings, loss of benefits, loss
of an inheritance caused by the untimely death, and the value of the goods
and services that a victim would have provided.
Noneconomic damages – While they are less tangible, noneconomic damages typically have
more value compared to economic damages. These damages include pain and
suffering experienced by survivors, loss of consortium from a deceased
spouse, loss of care and nurturing from the deceased, loss of love and
companionship from the deceased.
Exemplary damages – In some cases, these type of damages may be recovered when a wrongful
death is caused by a willful act or omission, or by gross negligence.
The purpose of exemplary damages is to punish a wrongdoer, not to compensate
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another party in Texas,
contact the Law Office of James M. Stanley and request a
free consultation with our Fort Worth wrongful death lawyer today.