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Who can act as a beneficiary after a wrongful death?

Who can act as a beneficiary after a wrongful death?

In a wrongful death case in Texas, the claimants are limited by law to the children, the spouse, and the parents of the deceased. They are able to recover different damages from those typically available in a personal injury case. The first one to look at of course is the mental anguish. What sort of emotional pain, torment, and suffering, have they experienced due to the loss of their family member? The next thing you'd look at is; what are the financial losses that that person would've provided for? Clearly their earning capacity, but also they provide value in terms of care, maintenance, different services around the house, support that they provide for the beneficiaries or the claimants, the support, advice, and counsel. Those can all be recovered for, especially if you can put a financial value to them. The next thing we'd look at is; what sort of positive benefits would the decedent have provided to the family members? With every family, you’ve got love and comfort, companionship that that person would've provided to their loved ones. The last thing is a loss of inheritance. Had that person live their normal life, what would they have left?



 

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