What Damages Can Be Claimed in a Texas Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Damages in a wrongful death lawsuit are paid as compensation to the surviving family members for their losses resulting from the unexpected death. Damages in a wrongful death lawsuit might include:
- losses to household income
- loss of service, support, advice, maintenance that was previously provided by the deceased.
- mental distress
- lost comfort, camaraderie, companionship and love
- loss of inheritance, including what the deceased would have saved and left had they lived to normal life expectancy.
Some wrongful death claims in Texas allow for the recovery of “exemplary claims” or “punitive damages.” These damages are incurred when the death is the result of another’s willful or wanton conduct or basically that the responsible party was grossly negligent. Also known as “punitive damages,” these are not awarded to compensate the surviving family’s loss, but to punish and make an example out of the defendant’s behavior to show that it will not be tolerated, by our society.
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