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Texas wrongful death law: an overview

August 11, 2009

A wrongful death occurs when an individual is killed due to the negligence of a third party. It gives rise to a legal action that can be brought by the deceased’s family in order to seek compensation for their loss. These are known as wrongful death lawsuits. 


In Texas, wrongful death lawsuits are governed by Chapter 71 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code. The Texas Wrongful Death Act gives the deceased’s spouse, children and parents the right to seek financial compensation for the losses they have suffered as a result of the death. This includes both financial losses as well as the loss of companionship and support that was provided by the deceased. 


In addition to the deceased’s family, a Texas wrongful death lawsuit can also be brought by the executor or administrator of the deceased’s estate. Note that siblings, aunts and uncles are not eligible to bring a Texas wrongful death lawsuit.


If you have lost a family member in an accident, contact us today. The Texas statute of limitations gives you only two years within which to bring your wrongful death lawsuit.


At Fears | Nachawati, we understand the pain of losing a loved one, and we provide sensitive and caring support during this difficult time. For free legal advice on your potential wrongful death lawsuit, email us at or call us on our toll-free number at 1.866.705.7584.



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