What Damages Can I Receive in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

In Texas, when a person or entity causes the death of another through negligent, careless, reckless or intentional behavior, the victim’s surviving family members and estate can recover compensatory damages.

Although no sum of money could ever fill the hole left behind by a loved one, compensatory damages are designed to “make one whole” by covering the financial losses and hardship faced by the family left behind.

Compensatory Damages for Wrongful Death Under Texas Law

Compensatory damages in Texas can include monetary losses, known as economic damages, as well as emotional and mental losses known as noneconomic damages. Damages for a wrongful death under Texas law can include:

  • The victim’s lost potential earning income
  • Inheritance that the family would have inherited if not for the wrongful death
  • Support, maintenance and other care the victim would have provided
  • The family’s mental and emotional pain and suffering
  • The family’s lost love, comfort and companionship