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Wrongful Death and Survival Claim Lawyers

The death of a loved one is emotionally and financially devastating.  A wrongful death and survival claim in Texas allows a parent, spouse, and child of the deceased, as well as the deceased’s estate to recover monetary damages from the party who caused the death.  A person is liable for damages arising from an injury that causes an individual’s death if the injury was caused by the person’s or his agent’s or servant’s wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default. When the death is caused by the willful act or omission or gross negligence of the defendant, exemplary as well as actual damages may be recovered. Family members can sue for an on-the-job wrongful death; death benefits are generally paid to spouses and children.

Recovering damages for your loved one

Actual damages which may be recovered for the wrongful death of a family member include medical and burial expenses, lost wages and lost earnings in the future, mental anguish, loss of society and companionship, and other damages. Exemplary damages, otherwise known as punitive damages, is an award of money meant to punish the one responsible for causing the death.  If your loved one has died due to the fault of someone else, contact us to discuss your claim. Keely Allison and Adam Ward have handled wrongful death and survival actions in Austin together for over twenty years and will provide you with a free consultation to discuss the specific facts of your wrongful death and survival claim.