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Dallas Wrongful Death Attorney

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.

What is wrongful death in Dallas?

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.

Who can file a wrongful death claim in Dallas?

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.

What is the Dallas wrongful death statute of limitations?

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.

What will an attorney do for a Dallas wrongful death claim?

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:

  • Conduct a complete investigation and obtain any evidence needed to prove liability. This includes gathering any available photo or video surveillance of the incident, speaking to all eyewitnesses, gathering any accident reports, and obtaining any safety records.
  • Work with trusted financial and economic experts who can help calculate your current losses as well as future expected losses you may incur due to the untimely death.
  • Negotiate with all parties involved, including any insurance carriers or at-fault parties, to obtain all compensation necessary for you to have closure and compensation.
  • Fully prepared to take your Dallas wrongful death case to trial if necessary to ensure that you and your family are treated fairly.

How much does a Dallas wrongful death attorney cost?

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.

Let us get to work securing the compensation you need

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:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Cost of pre-death medical care
  • Loss of income the deceased would have earned in their lifetime
  • Mental anguish damages
  • Loss of companionship damages
  • Loss of consortium damages
  • Punitive damages in cases of gross negligence or malicious actions

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.

Contact us for a free consultation from a Dallas wrongful death lawyer

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.

When you need a Dallas wrongful death attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling us at 214-295-2900.

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