Texas’ Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
Under Texas law, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit is two years. You and your family have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a lawsuit.
There are exceptions to the statute of limitations, which may give your family more time to file. If a considerable amount of time has passed, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will carefully review your circumstances, including the dates of when your loved one died and when you discovered another person might have been at fault. If you did not know for months or years that someone else was at fault, and your relative’s death was not purely an accident, then the deadline for you to file may be extended.
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Compensation in a Texas Wrongful Death Claim
When we file a wrongful death claim on your behalf, we seek compensation based on your losses. Through a wrongful death lawsuit, our lawyers will fight for you to receive compensation for:
- Surviving family members’ grief, emotional distress, and mental anguish
- Surviving family members' mental health care expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses paid by family members
- Loss of your loved one’s income and financial support
- Loss of family member’s potential inheritance
- Loss of your loved one’s love, support, and society
- Loss of your loved one’s household services
- Loss of your loved one’s parental guidance
- Loss of the spousal relationship
Additionally, your family may wish to pursue punitive damages. Punitive damages are not intended to compensate you for an injury. Instead, when the other party acted egregiously, they are intended to punish them for their conduct.
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Wrongful Death Claims Differ from Survival Actions
Many people believe that a survival action is the same thing as a wrongful death lawsuit. However, these are two very different types of legal claims.
A survival action is a legal claim that survives your loved one’s death. It is a legal claim your loved one had prior to their passing. Because the legal claim has survived, a family member or the personal representative of the estate can pursue the claim on behalf of the decedent and their estate. Compensation from a survival action goes to your loved one’s estate, not surviving family members.
You may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim, a survival action, or both. You should talk with a lawyer about whether a personal injury claim survived your loved one’s death.
Contact Anderson Injury Lawyers
At Anderson Injury Lawyers, we understand how hard it can be to make decisions after suddenly and unexpectedly losing your spouse, parent, or child in an accident. At first, you are focused on making appropriate arrangements. Then, you are forced to confront your grief and a future without them. This is an extremely emotional time, often made worse by the loss of a spouse or parent’s financial contributions.
Our fatal accident lawyers want to help you through this time while fighting to win you the maximum amount of recovery possible. Let us help you and your family today.
If you suffered harm in an accident or any incident caused by negligence, contact Anderson Injury Lawyers right away. We offer individualized attention, over 25 years of experience, and everything you need to get everything you deserve.
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