When you have lost of loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you may be completely overwhelmed with all the information available. Wrongful death can be complex and it can be difficult to understand all the legal terms and issues that go hand in hand with your case. That is why you need an experienced attorney to guide you and your family through this difficult time. If you have any specific questions about your case, you need to refer to your wrongful death attorney.
Who Can Sue?
One of the most common questions we get asked regarding wrongful death is who can file a suit? In Texas, a parent, spouse, or child can file a wrongful death suit. Unfortunately, siblings are not allowed to bring a suit for wrongful death for the loss of a brother or sister. Each family member can bring their own individual case for wrongful death or they can file a suit together. It is important that you discuss your case first with an attorney so you can determine the best way to proceed.
What Damages Can Beneficiaries Receive?
When legal beneficiaries sue for wrongful death, they request compensation for the damages they have suffered. Of course, no amount of money can replace your family member but financial support can ease some other worries. If your loved one accumulated medical bills before their death, you can receive compensation for them. You may also receive other damages such as pain and suffering for you and your loved one, loss of income, loss of companionship, and more. Depending on the facts in your case, you may be eligible for exemplary damages.