Wrongful Death

Amarillo Wrongful Death Lawyers

Compassionate & Experienced Legal Professionals

When you lose a loved one as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, the grief and anguish are unimaginable. Money will not make it right, but it can help with the practical concerns your family now faces. The death of a loved one also creates financial burdens and may place your family’s financial future in jeopardy. A wrongful death lawsuit can help you get back on your feet. Our wrongful death lawyers in Amarillo are here to fight for you.

Contact Wood Law Firm, LLP today to schedule a free initial consultation with a member of our team.

Wrongful Death Vs. Survival Actions

Wrongful death and survival actions are two separate claims. Wrongful death compensates the loved ones of the person who died. Proceeds of a survival action are paid to the estate of the deceased.

Damages in the survival action are damages your loved one could have recovered through a personal injury lawsuit had they survived. This includes:

  • Medical expenses of the deceased, incurred after injury and before death
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Funeral and burial expenses

Texas Wrongful Death Beneficiaries

Texas only allows certain loved ones to be beneficiaries in wrongful death lawsuits:

  • Surviving spouse
  • Children of the deceased
  • Parents of the deceased

In Texas, you can still sue for wrongful death as the surviving spouse if your marriage was common law, in situations where you and your spouse were legally separated at the time of death, and if you have remarried since your spouse’s death.

Texas law does not allow for siblings and other relatives to sue for wrongful death.

Texas Wrongful Death Damages

The damages awarded to you in a wrongful death case will depend on your relationship to the deceased.

Wrongful death damages can include:

  • Your emotional pain, mental anguish, and suffering as a result of your loved one’s death
  • Loss of the deceased’s income, earning capacity, and what they would have contributed to you
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Value of lost services provided by the deceased, such as child care, home maintenance, support, advice, and guidance
  • Loss of companionship, society, love, and comfort
  • Punitive damages in cases of a willful act or omission or gross negligence

Time Limit

Every state has time limits for filing different types of lawsuits. In Texas, the statute of limitations for wrongful death is two years. You have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file.

Please call (806) 304-0447 to speak to the Amarillo wrongful death attorneys at Wood Law Firm, LLP.

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