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Who has the right to file a Texas wrongful death claim?

On Behalf of | May 2, 2023 | Fatal Accidents And Catastrophic Injuries

People die every single day in Texas, often due to accidents, illness and even criminal activity. Most of the time, these deaths only trigger basic insurance claims against vehicle liability coverage or life insurance policies, but certain tragedies can lead to civil lawsuits.

Sometimes, those left grieving after an unexpected death would like to seek Justice through the court system. If prosecutors don’t take action or if there are major financial losses related to an incident that claimed someone’s life, it may sometimes be possible to file a wrongful death claim in the Texas civil courts. 

Who can ask for compensation in such a lawsuit in Texas? 

The closest family members of the deceased can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Texas state law permits spouses, children and parents to file claims. If family members do not file a lawsuit within three months of someone’s death, the estate of the deceased can take action. 

The party filing asks the courts to award them compensation for the numerous financial losses stemming from someone’s death. When successful, a wrongful death lawsuit in Texas will result in financial compensation that covers the direct costs associated with someone’s untimely death. 

For those grieving a recent loss, a wrongful death lawsuit can be a way to diminish the practical implications of a recent tragedy and to impose consequences on the party responsible. Learning more about the Texas rules that apply to wrongful death claims when people lose a loved one may sometimes help those hoping to pursue justice take the right steps after their tragic loss.