Losing a loved one is one of the most devastating and traumatic experiences and a person can face in their lifetime. The emotional and psychological impact, coupled with mounting financial responsibilities and loss of income resulting from the loss of a loved one quickly becomes too much to handle. The Seymore Law Firm has help family with the emotional and legal issues involved with losing a loved one due to the actions of another.
You may be wondering what is a “wrongful death” lawsuit, and how does it that affect the loss of my family member, child, or spouse. The term “wrongful death” is a legal term of art that allows a child, parent, or spouse to recover money damages for the death of a loved one caused by the actions of another person, corporation, or employer. Under Texas law, a child, parent, or spouse of a person killed due to the actions of another may file a lawsuit to recover for the losses they suffered, personally, as a result of their loved one’s death. This allowance for money damages is found in the “Wrongful Death Act.” Under the Wrongful Death Act, a child, parent, or spouse may recover the following money damages:
- Funeral & Burial Expenses
- Lost Income
- Loss of Companionship/Society
- Loss of Household Services
- Their Own Medical Bills
- Loss of The Victim’s Future Income
These damages do not include the injuries and suffering their loved one felt, themselves, prior to death. Although the family may not recover, individually, for these injuries, Texas law allows the family to bring a lawsuit on behalf of their loved one to recover these money damages. Through a “Survival” action, the family may bring a lawsuit on behalf of their deceased loved one to recover for the injuries and suffering resulting from his or her death. The family itself collects these damages on behalf of their deceased loved one. These damages are them distributed to the family through administration of the individual’s estate.
Wrongful death and survival lawsuits are extremely complex. From the procedural aspects to the legal issues and difficulties valuing the loss of a loved one, wrongful death and survival cases present a very complex set of legal issues. For these reason, it is critical that an experienced attorneys handle your case.
The Seymore Law Firm has years of experience handling these types of cases from the emotional support of the family to the experts needed to support the money damages they are entitled to. We would be honored to represent you and your family if you have suffered the loss of a loved one.
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