Who Can Sue in a Texas Wrongful Death Case?

Who Can Sue for a Wrongful Death in Texas?After your loved one passes away, your heart breaks. But if they died due to the negligence of someone else, not only are you grieving, but also you want to seek justice for their wrongful death.

It can be confusing to know who can sue in a wrongful death case since each state is different. If your loved one was the victim of a wrongful death in Texas, and you fall into one of these categories below, you can seek compensation for your loved one’s death.

  • Spouse: If you were legally married and your spouse was the victim of a wrongful death, you can seek compensation. In some cases, common law spouses may also recover damages. The claim can be brought even if you were separated when your spouse was killed, and even if you remarried after your spouse’s death.
  • Children: Under the Texas Wrongful Death Act, if you are a biological child, even if you are an adult child, you can sue in a wrongful death case over your parent’s death. If you are a legally adopted child, you can seek compensation for your adopted parent’s death, but not your biological parent’s death.
  • Parents: If you are the parent, adopted parent or divorced parent, you can file a Texas wrongful death case for your child who passed away. But if you are a step parent, foster parent or grandparent, you may not file a wrongful death claim.

Wrongful death cases in Texas are very complex, and you may be confused if you can file one or not. The experienced wrongful death attorneys at the Barry Law Group can help you determine if you can seek compensation for your loved one’s death. Contact us today to set-up your free consultation.

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