The Texas Wrongful Death Act

Dallas-based Hardison Law Firm was founded by Adam Hardison. Hardison Law Firm focuses on casework related to personal injury, auto accident, and wrongful death.

In 1860, the Texas legislature approved the Texas Wrongful Death Act, which aims to assist families with recovery following an accident that resulted in the loss of a loved one. Specifically, the act gives family members, namely a parent, spouse, or child, the ability to sue another party for losses incurred as a result of a fatal incident. Losses include economic damages, such as the inability to work and make money while attending to legal affairs related to the case, and emotional damages.

Under the law, the prosecuting party must be able to prove negligence or other liabilities that caused the death. In order to file a wrongful death claim, it must be established that the death was caused by another party, that the defendant was responsible for the victim’s death, that the victim has surviving beneficiaries or dependents, and that monetary losses were incurred as a result of the incident. A wrongful death claim must be filed within two years of the death to be valid.

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Lawyers Giving Back through the State Bar of Texas Care Program

As the founder of Hardison Law Firm in 1992, Adam Hardison has received board certification in cases relating to accidental injuries, negligence, wrongful death, and product liability. In addition to supporting the enforcement of essential safety laws with Hardison Law Firm, he also strives to demonstrate ethical conduct as a member of the State Bar of Texas.

In an effort to facilitate greater access to pro bono services and cultivate a community of service-minded professionals, the State Bar of Texas Pro Bono department has implemented the Care Campaign. Designed to remove unnecessary barriers from the process of providing pro bono legal aid, the Care Campaign focuses on the following areas:

1. Creating practical training programs which offer continuing legal education (CLE) credit and cover some of the most common issues faced by legal aid providers. These programs will be free of charge, provided that participants commit to pro bono work.

2. Connecting experienced professionals with pro bono lawyers to provide guidance and expertise, or to serve as a second chair if necessary.

3. Recognizing outstanding service from firms who report the most pro bono hours at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting.

4. Providing malpractice insurance, via the Malpractice Insurance Network Exchange, for Texas lawyers who accept pro bono or reduced fee cases through the program.

To learn more about the Care Campaign, visit

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