Losing a loved one as a result of another person or entity’s negligence is a painful experience to endure. Not only must you grieve the loss of your family member, but you must also come to terms with the fact that someone else’s carelessness caused the death.
While no amount of money can make up for losing your loved one, recovering compensation can help you pay for the costs associated with the death and can help you feel as if some justice has been served for your family member.
There are two types of damages you can recover in a Texas wrongful death case:
Exemplary Damages in a Texas Wrongful Death Case
Exemplary damages, also known as punitive damages, may be awarded in certain Texas wrongful death claims. These damages are intended to punish the responsible party for their wrongdoing rather than to compensate the surviving family members for losses (compensatory damages).
Compensatory Damages in a Texas Wrongful Death Case
Compensatory damages are designed to help you pay for the losses you’ve incurred as a result of the death, such as:
- Lost earning capacity,
- Loss of care, maintenance, services, support, advice, and counsel that your loved one would have provided for you and your family,
- Mental and emotional pain, suffering, and anguish,
- Loss of love, comfort, companionship, and society, and
- Loss of inheritance, including what your loved one would probably have saved and left for you and your family if he or she had lived a typical expected lifetime.
If you’ve lost a loved one as a result of another’s carelessness, you deserve justice. Even though money can’t make up for the death of your family member, it can help to know that the wrongdoer is being punished for their recklessness. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our office right away to learn how we can help.
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