Wrongful Death in Smith County
The death of a loved one is often the most challenging and sorrow-filled time that a family can face. However, if your loved one’s life was wrongfully taken, Attorney Parker is prepared to gather the facts and develop a case to hold that negligent party accountable for their actions. Oftentimes, the death of a loved one impacts both the family’s emotional and financial circumstances. The loss of financial support once provided by the deceased can have devastating effects on a family. J. Chad Parker, PLLC, your local Wrongful Death Attorney is a dedicated and compassionate legal team who can guide you through each step of the wrongful death claims process. Contact J. Chad Parker, PLLC today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Who can file a wrongful death claim in Texas?
In the state of Texas, just like in many other states, not all family members or friends of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim. The individuals permitted to file a wrongful death claim in Texas include the following:
- Surviving spouses
- Adult children may file a claim for the death of their parent
You may file a wrongful death claim either individually or as a group. However, you should understand that you must file your wrongful death claim within a certain period of time. The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in Texas is two years, meaning you have two years from the date of the death to take legal action against a negligent party. That being said, unfortunately, in Texas, the surviving siblings of a brother or sister may not file wrongful death claims.
What damages are recoverable in a wrongful death claim?
If you file a wrongful death claim after losing a loved one in the state of Texas, you may recover compensation for some of the burdens caused by the loss. Of course, financial compensation can never bring back your loved one, but it can help offset some of the economic burdens that impact your family. Some of the damages you may recover in a Texas wrongful death claim include the following:
- Lost earning capacity
- Loss of relationship provided by the deceased party
- Mental and emotional anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of love, companionship, comfort, and society
- Lost inheritance, including what the deceased party may have saved and provided in his/her inheritance upon a timely passing
- Exemplary damages
Contact a Smith County, TX Wrongful Death Attorney
At J. Chad Parker, PLLC, we understand how devastating the unexpected loss of a loved one can be. Although a lawsuit cannot bring back your loved one, it can help reduce some of the financial burdens incurred as a result of the death. J. Chad Parker, PLLC will explore every legal avenue to achieve an outcome that honors your loved one’s memory. Our firm will tirelessly work to win you compensation for both economic and noneconomic hardships, such as grief, sorrow, and loss of companionship. For compassionate and steadfast legal representation after losing a loved one to negligence, contact J. Chad Parker, PLLC today.