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When a family member has died in a fatal accident such as a fatal car accident or fatal workplace accident, it is helpful for their loved ones to be familiar with wrongful death legal protections and what they can do for them. Loved ones who have a family member wrongfully killed, should be familiar with how wrongful death legal protections may be able to help with their damages.

Who can bring a wrongful death claim for damages?

In Texas, several different parties may be able to bring a wrongful death claim for damages including the victim’s spouse, the victim’s children, the victim’s parents or the personal representative of the victim’s estate. These parties may be able to recover compensation for their financial and emotional damages resulting from the loss.

What types of damages can families receive from a wrongful death claim?

Damages family members may be able to recover can include compensation for the loss of financial support from the victim; loss of companionship associated with the loss of victim; the mental anguish of the victim; pain and suffering; medical bills; and funeral and burial costs.

Because a wrongful death claim for damages is an important legal remedy for loved ones of the victim, and there are time limits associated with bringing a wrongful death claim, family members who have lost a loved one in a fatal accident should be familiar with the process of bringing a wrongful death claim for damages. When a loved one has been lost because of another’s negligence, a wrongful death claim for damages can help ensure the negligent party pays for the loss they have caused and that the family has suffered.