Texas Wrongful Death Act
Chapter 71 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, also known as the Texas Wrongful Death Act, allows certain family members to sue for damages when a loved one is killed by the actions or inaction of another. If the death was caused by a wrongful act, carelessness, unskillfulness, neglect, or default of another person or corporation, a personal injury lawsuit should be filed.
The purpose of a wrongful death lawsuit is to recover the “full value of the life” of the deceased individual.
Texas Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
In Texas, wrongful death claims can be subject to two separate statutes of limitations – the limitations period on the claim a deceased person could have filed and the limitations period for the plaintiff’s own wrongful death claim.
A plaintiff generally has two years from the date of their loved one’s death to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Wrongful death damages serve to compensate the family members for the losses experienced as a result of losing a loved one. These types of recoverable wrongful death damages are received directly by the plaintiffs.
We Proudly Represent Surviving Family Members
At Wolf Law, PLLC, we proudly represent surviving family members who lost someone they love because of a corporation or individual’s negligence. We aggressively seek to hold the legally responsible parties accountable and to help prevent another family from suffering a similar loss. Our Dallas wrongful death attorneys will explain the various legal issues surrounding wrongful death lawsuits so that everyone understands what to expect.