Losing a loved one is an incredibly difficult experience for anybody. This is especially true if a person’s death was caused by the wrongful or negligent actions of another person, business, or entity. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, our Dallas wrongful death attorneys are ready to help you get through this trying time. We will investigate every aspect of what happened to your loved one so we can secure the justice, closure, and compensation you deserve.
The term wrongful death refers to civil actions that are filed by family members of those who lose their life due to the wrongful actions of another party (individual, company, entity). There are various ways that wrongful death cases can arise in Dallas. The team at Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC regularly handles wrongful death cases that arise due to the following:
This is certainly not an all-inclusive list, and you should always consult with a skilled Dallas wrongful death lawyer about the specifics of your case.
Texas law states that wrongful death claims may be filed by the surviving spouse, children, and parents of the deceased person. State law allows these individuals to file claims independently or as a group. If the surviving spouse, children, or parents of the deceased failed to file a wrongful death claim within three months from the date of death, the executor or personal representative of the deceased’s estate may file the claim instead.
Texas law also allows adult children to file wrongful death claims in the event of the death of their parents due to a wrongful act. Adopted children are allowed to file for wrongful death in the event their adoptive parent is killed due to a wrongful action, so long as they were fully and legally adopted by that parent. Similarly, adoptive parents are allowed to file wrongful death claims in the event their adopted child is killed.
Each state is responsible for setting a time limit for how long family members, or a deceased person’s estate, have to file a wrongful death claim. This time limit is called the statute of limitations. In Texas, the statute of limitations for wrongful death is two years from the date of the deceased person’s death. There are a handful of exceptions to this two-year limit, and a skilled wrongful death lawyer in Dallas will help you understand those exceptions.
If you have lost a loved one due to the careless, negligent, or intentional actions of another party, you may not realize how complicated wrongful death claims can be. It is vital that you work with a skilled Dallas wrongful death lawyer to get you through this. In fact, your first phone call after suspecting something other than a natural death should be to a skilled lawyer. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, we have the resources necessary to:
At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, we know that many people resist speaking to an attorney because they are afraid they cannot afford the assistance. That is why our Dallas wrongful death attorneys are proud to take these cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients will not pay any upfront or out-of-pocket costs for their case. We will not collect any legal fees until after we obtain the compensation your family needs to get through this.
If you have lost a loved one due to the wrongful, negligent, or malicious actions of another person, business, or entity, contact an attorney immediately. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, we are dedicated to helping families secure justice for what has happened. We will investigate the incident and ensure that you receive any compensation you are entitled to, which can include:
The total amount of compensation available in a Dallas wrongful death case will vary depending on the facts and circumstances related to each particular situation. No two cases are alike, and our goal is always going to be to secure the amount of compensation that is fair and that will help you and your family make as close to a complete recovery as possible.
If you have lost a loved one due to the careless or negligent actions of another party in or around the Dallas area, you need help today. At Johnson, Zegen, Scott & Williams, PLLC, our compassionate and experienced team is going to stand by your side and help you gain the closure and compensation you need. You are not alone.