You Can Trust Our Wrongful Death Lawyers in Plano, TX To Fight For Your Rights
About Our Law Firm & How We Maximize Compensation
Lose a loved one? Get the justice you deserve with Mullen & Mullen’s award-winning lawyers. Free consultation with no obligation. Call (972) 947-3370 today!
Nothing is more devastating than when you lose your loved one because of someone else’s careless behavior.
Not only do you have intense grief that will last for years and maybe the rest of your life, but you also have to deal with:
- Medical bills
- Their lost income
- Loss of companionship
- Funeral expenses
Money can’t replace the loss of your loved one. But it can help you with the financial burdens that result.
And of course, the negligent party and their insurance company won’t want to pay anymore than they have to.
But you have a second problem too. One you didn’t realize.
And that lies in finding wrongful death lawyers in Plano who have the knowledge and the personal care to maximize your compensation.
Because not all wrongful death attorneys have the same skill. Some know how to win you more than others.
That’s where Mullen & Mullen comes in. With more than 40 years of legal experience, recognition by many of the most popular organizations in the legal industry (Super Lawyers, Newsweek, Forbes, Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum, and others), and an exceptional local reputation (just search “Mullen & Mullen Law Firm Reviews” to read our reviews), you can trust us to give you the best chance to win more than most wrongful death attorneys in Plano.
And you don’t pay anything unless you win.
Schedule your free consultation today when you call (972) 947-3370.
It’s yours free. You won’t feel any pressure to hire us on the spot. Simply relax as we listen to the story of your loved one’s wrongful death.
And then we’ll let you know how we’d approach your claim. Many clients learn new legal tactics available that other law firms overlook. Then, simply make your decision on who to hire when you’re ready.
What Makes Mullen & Mullen Different Than Other Plano Wrongful Death Attorneys?
You’ll feel listened to and cared for. That’s because we’re a small firm of just three attorneys. We’re not a big firm who sees you as just another case to be won.
Second, one of our three skilled wrongful death lawyers does all the real work on your claim. Many firms, and especially the larger ones, have a senior attorney supervise the case while inexperienced paralegals and junior attorneys do the real work on your claim. In fact, we don’t even employ a single paralegal!
Finally, we do a couple things to save you money that other firms don’t. For starters, you only pay 29% of your case’s final settlement value if your claim settles out of court. Because of our skill and experience, more than 90% of claims settle without having to go to court.
Next, we employ an in-house private investigator who we’ve known for more than a decade. Mike Foster knows how to ask all the right questions to get the most compelling evidence that gives you the best chance of winning the most money possible. And since he’s employed (rather than sub-contracted), that reduces the cost for his services.
And all these savings get passed on to you!
Pay nothing unless you win your claim.
Call (972) 947-3370 to schedule your free consultation today!
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim in Plano?
Because of the complex nature of human relationships, it can be confusing as to who can actually file a wrongful death claim in Texas.
Many parties can actually do so:
- The surviving spouse, children, or parents of the deceased
- A common law spouse, as long as you can establish the validity of the common law marriage
- The personal representative or the executor of the deceased’s estate may file a claim if the surviving spouse, children, or parents do not within three months of the event
- Adoptive parents may file a claim on behalf of their deceased adoptive child
Any of these parties may file the claim alone or as a group.
Anyone who is not related to the deceased in one of the above ways may not file a wrongful death claim. This includes siblings, grandparents, and ex-spouses.
And, according to the statute of limitations, you only have 2 years from the date of your loved one’s wrongful death to file a claim. If you wait longer than that, the court will throw it out.
A few exceptions do exist. And those include:
- The plaintiff of the wrongful death claim is a minor
- You didn’t know the negligence of the defendants during the two-year period
- The plaintiff was mentally or physically impaired and unable to file the claim during the two-year period
- Fraud played a role in preventing your ability to file a claim
What Are the Most Common Causes of Wrongful Death?
As technologically advanced as our country is, wrongful deaths still unfortunately happen. We haven’t yet created a way to prevent all such incidents.
Below are the most common causes of wrongful deaths in the United States:
- Traffic Collisions – Distracted, aggressive, and drunk drivers still do the most damage. Road construction also occasionally causes wrongful deaths too.
- Airplane crashes – COVID has greatly reduced air travel. But society is now opening back up. Defective parts, poor design, and the pilot’s negligence all can cause wrongful deaths.
- Work Injuries – America still has life-threatening jobs. Many of them can be found in warehousing or construction. Law requires your employer to provide safe work conditions.
- Product liability – Design and manufacturing defects and failing to warn consumers of any product defects can all lead to wrongful death claims.
- Nursing homes – Though present to preserve the quality of your loved one’s life, some nursing homes do just the opposite. You can file a wrongful death claim against the nursing home if they or their staff caused the demise of your loved one.
How Do Our Plano Attorneys Prove Wrongful Death Cases?
Just like every other aspect of Texas law, you have to meet many strict requirements to prove your loved one actually suffered a “wrongful death.”
And because these claims can involve a lot of money, you can bet the defendant or their insurance company will do their best to minimize or eliminate their financial burden.
Because Mullen & Mullen Law Firm in Plano only charges a fee when you win your claim, you can hire the best wrongful death lawyers in Plano.
To prove wrongful death, you must start by showing the other party’s neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, failure to fulfill an obligation (“default”), or wrongful acts led to your loved one’s death.
These terms have specific definitions in Texas law. And you must show the defendant’s actions met one or more of these criteria.
Frequently, someone else’s “negligence” can be proven. Negligence is another specifically defined legal term that generally refers to carelessness, unskillfulness, or failure to fulfill an obligation.
If you can show the other party was negligent in some way, you have a great chance of winning your claim. To show negligence, you must prove:
- The party owed a duty of care to your loved one
- They failed to provide that duty of care
- Their failure to act caused your loved one’s death
- Your loved one’s death resulted in financial losses
For example, a driver must act in a reasonably safe way to prevent injuries to other motorists. If they’re drunk or high while driving, you have a great chance of proving their negligence.
Another example would be a manufacturer having the responsibility to design reasonably safe products. Remington once had a faulty fire-control system on their rifles. This led to one man shooting himself in the foot not because of his own carelessness, but because the fire-control system didn’t prevent the gun from firing like it should have.
Wrongful death claims frequently happen after criminal courts. Criminal court has a much higher burden of proof than civil court. So it is possible for someone to be innocent of a crime, but then lose their wrongful death claim.
For example, OJ Simpson was found not guilty of murder but he did end up having liability for the wrongful deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
Mullen & Mullen’s Wrongful Death Attorneys Based in Plano Get You The Money You Deserve
With high emotions and financial ramifications at stake, you’re smart to hire the best wrongful death lawyer in Plano.
So schedule your free consultation with a Mullen & Mullen personal injury attorney in Plano today.
You’ll feel listened to and cared for. And you’ll learn the legal strategies we’ll use to win your wrongful death claim and get you fair compensation for your loss.
Call (972) 947-3370 today.
…And remember there’s no pressure to hire us on the spot. Simply learn our opinion of your case.
Then compare your experience with the other attorneys you talk to and make your decision when you’re ready.
Contact Us Now For a Free Consultation
Mullen & Mullen Law Firm
8105 Rasor Boulevard #237
Plano, TX 75024
Call (972) 947-3370 today!
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