Hire the Best Wrongful Death Attorneys in El Paso
Death at the end of a life long-lived is a normal part of life. However, the wrongful and unexpected death of a loved one is not.
Indeed, losing a loved one to an accident can be traumatic and emotional. Additionally, it raises questions about providing for oneself and one’s family moving forward.
At Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro P.C., our Texas wrongful death lawyers empathize with what you’re experiencing.
Our lawyers want to help you and your family seek recovery for your losses. To learn more about your rights in pursuing a wrongful death claim, call our wrongful death lawyers. We will schedule a free case review to discuss your case.
We Want to Hear Your Story – and We Want to Help
Wrongful Death Claim: The Basics
As found in Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Section 71.002, when an individual suffers an injury that results in death due to another’s wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default, then their loved ones can file a wrongful death suit.
Essentially, in order to bring forth a successful wrongful death claim, you must prove that the party against whom you’re filing suit, or their agent (via the theory of vicarious liability) acted in a negligent and wrongful manner, and that the death of the decedent would not have occurred but for this negligent or wrongful act.
These criteria may apply to a number of different accident and situation types. Our wrongful death attorneys have served the families of those who have been wrongfully killed in:
- Car accidents;
- Large truck accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Bicycle accidents;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Slip and falls; and
If you believe that someone caused your loved one’s death due to negligence, please contact our law firm. We will review your claim for free and help you determine whether you have a case.
Who Can Bring Forth a Wrongful Death Suit in Texas?
In Texas, the surviving spouse, children, or parents of the deceased can file a wrongful death action. This is stipulated in Texas Code Section 71.004.
One of the individuals listed above can bring forth the action for the benefit of all. The code continues to read that if none of the above–the spouse, children, or parents of the decedent–choose to bring forth a wrongful death claim, then the executor or administrator of the decedent’s estate maintains the right to bring forth the wrongful death action.
We are still grateful to Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro for getting us through a challenging time with professionalism and expertise. Our case was handled with care and precision. This is a firm our family trusts and recommends without reservations.- Amy C.
Ms Chaparro is definitely a go getter and a person of her word. I was with another attorney who did nothing for the first couple of months, so I changed law firm. Ms Chaparro took my trucking case even during the difficult covid situation. She work tirelessly on my case and got me my 6 figure settlement she promised me. Definitely recommend her and her law firm.- Jackie Arms
Alejandro Acosta is a great lawyer. He gave us peace of mind and handled our case pretty seamlessly. No issues and just solid answers. No runaround and he settled our case with the outcome he predicted. I have sent his info to a few friends and family. Great lawyer!- Madison Hernandez
Damages Recoverable in a Wrongful Death Action
Filing a wrongful death action is both a legally-intensive process and extremely emotional for loved ones.
For this reason, understanding the types of damages that are recoverable in a wrongful death suit and their worth is recommended.
In Texas, the types of damages that are recoverable in a wrongful death suit include:
Economic losses. Economic losses are the most common type of damages that are sought in a wrongful death suit. These damages refer to actual economic losses suffered by the plaintiff(s), typically as a result of medical expenses incurred by the deceased prior to death, funeral and burial expenses, and the value of the decedent’s lost wages, benefits, and loss of earning capacity. A plaintiff maintains the right to seek the full value of economic losses.
Non-economic losses. Non-economic losses are more difficult to calculate, as these losses refer to the value of intangible losses suffered by the plaintiffs, such as the value of emotional anguish, loss of consortium, loss of comfort and care, and pain and suffering.
Exemplary damages. Texas law allows for the recovery of exemplary damages, also known as punitive damages when the death of the individual is caused by the “willful act or omission or gross negligence” of the defendant. Exemplary damages are not compensatory in nature; instead, they are intended to punish the defendant for their egregious action.
The Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Actions in Texas
Those who believe that they may have a wrongful death action and want to file a lawsuit do not have an unlimited amount of time to do so.
Rather, wrongful death actions in Texas must be brought within two years of the individual’s death. If more than two years pass from the time of death, any potential plaintiffs are barred from recovery, with few exceptions. The strict statute of limitations is one of the primary reasons that it is essential to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after the wrongful death of a loved one.