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Car Accident Damages In Texas
If you were seriously injured in a car accident, one question you will have is: “What compensation is available for my injuries?” The following is a general primer for the legally recoverable damages available in the state of Texas for personal injury or wrongful death.
Personal Injury Damages In Texas
The basic jury question for personal injury cases is what sum of money it paid now in cash, would fairly and reasonably compensate the victim for his or her injuries if any that resulted from the occurrence in question? Both past and future, if any:
- Physical pain and mental anguish
- Loss of earning capacity
- Physical impairment
- “Paid or incurred” medical expenses
- Exemplary or punitive damages – in appropriate cases only.
Children and spouses can receive damages when their husband, wife, or parent has been seriously injured in some cases. The law generally looks to place a dollar amount on the actual losses suffered by the children or spouses.
Wrongful Death Damages in Texas
The general wrongful death damages in the state of Texas are as follows:
- Pecuniary losses – meaning the loss of care, maintenance, support, services, advice, counsel and contributions of a pecuniary value that the air would have received from the decedent had he lived.
- Loss of companionship and society
- Mental anguish
- Loss of inheritance
The specific question regarding wrongful death damages depends upon your relationship with the decedent. In other words, spouses have a question as to minor or adult children.
As with personal injury car accident claims, exemplary or punitive damages or available in wrongful death or survival causes of action when the wrongdoer offends the community because of the nature of the wrong, the character of the conduct involved, the culpability of the wrongdoer, the sensibilities of the parties involved and the extent to which the conduct of offends a public sense of justice and propriety in Texas.