A: Texas has a one year statute of limitations for defamation under the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code section 16.002. However, the one-year period depends on the date the cause of action "accrued," meaning the date the one-year clock started ticking. You should contact an attorney who practices in this area to evaluate when the clock on the statute of limitations started running and to evaluate if you are still within that time period.
A: Determinations of future earnings are generally based on evidence, witness testimony, and expert testimony, such as testimony from an economist. There are many factors that go into an evaluation of future earnings, and it can be difficult to determine for a young person or student who hasn't yet started a career. If you need help in this area, you should contact an attorney who handles wrongful death cases.
A: As soon as possible, you should hire a personal injury defense attorney to assist you in filing an Answer with the Court. Failure to do so could result in a default judgment being entered against you, which would be a judgment in favor of the Plaintiff(s) that you would likely have to pay. A personal injury defense attorney can help you with the contents of your Answer and explain the consequences for failing to respond in greater detail.