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Chad BurnettChad Burnett
16:28 30 Oct 23
I hired Mullen & Mullen following a motor vehicle collision. I could not be more pleased with the Dallas personal injury lawyers I selected. They are the real deal! I was always kept in the loop on case developments. My attorneys sent the at-fault liability carrier multiple demands to make them agree to pay the policy limits. My lawyers also sent my own insurance company several demands to get them to offer me nearly the policy limits. A lot of attorneys would have given up and just recommended filing a lawsuit but Mullen & Mullen kept pounding the insurance companies until they did the right thing. This saved me a tremendous amount of money and time. I'm so very grateful that I found ethical, tenacious, and skilled attorneys to represent me. Mullen & Mullen gets my highest recommendation if you need a Dallas car accident attorney.C. Burnett
Diane WallaceDiane Wallace
17:43 26 Oct 23
Mullen and Mullen did an absolutely brilliant job representing me in an injury lawsuit and getting me maximum settlement results. I recommend them highly!
Mari HksMari Hks
17:38 04 Oct 23
Highly recommend this law firm, Josh took care of my case he was very nice and professional along with everyone else.
Zac CanidaZac Canida
17:14 26 Sep 23
I’m only 22 and this was the first case I’ve ever had, I got recommended Mullen and Mullen by a friend who has used them plenty of times and said nothing but good things about them. I have yet to see or hear anything that contradicts her statements! Everyone on the Mullen and Mullen team has been super helpful and kind to me by explaining everything that had and needs to be done to get the case in the right direction. Greg especially has been very helpful by keeping me updated and answering any questions I might have about the situation, he’s been an amazing help and I’m glad I was able to get him assigned to help me get what I deserve from my car accident. Very professional and fast responses, If you are ever injured in a car accident I 100% recommend this team to fight for you, ask for Greg!
sisay Aberasisay Abera
15:50 13 Sep 23
Highly recommend this law firm, filled with very nice and professional people who put their clients first. Josh took care of my case and were able to reduce my medical bills significantly which was awesome! Very pleased and glad I had them to work on my car accident case.Thank you, Mullen & Mullen Law Firm
Terrie RachallTerrie Rachall
20:13 28 Jul 23
Joe Morrison with Mullen and Mullen was fantastic representing me for an injury on someone's property. He kept me updated through the entire 2 year process. If I had any questions, Joe took the time to personally take my call and provide answers. Joe negotiated a settlement very quickly and ensured I received a fair settlement. I highly recommend Mullen and Mullen and would hire them again if I need help in the future. Best experience with any lawyer I have ever had!!
Alex MalcolmAlex Malcolm
22:05 17 May 23
I was injured in a motorcycle accident, and Shane Mullen took on my case with determination and empathy. His attention to detail and commitment to my case led to a favorable outcome. I'm grateful for his hard work and highly recommend Mullen & Mullen Law Firm.
I was involved in a car accident in Dallas texas off mockingbird. I was T bone by someone who had ran a red light. Me being a young female, I felt lost and taken advantage of by the other parties insurance.I chose Mullen Mullen because they were the only law firm who physically wanted to meet me and hear my side. They helped me with all on the medical assistance that I needed . Although it was a lot of therapy, I was really happy with the doctors they sent me to. Josh was very welcoming and I honest in the process. Every time I felt so at ease after speaking with him. I am so happy I had him on my case. Very hands on. Highly recommend!!!
Camry AdamsCamry Adams
16:21 14 Dec 22
Karen Lavigne is my name, and I had a great experience with Mullen & Mullen. Josh and Jessica was very patient and informative. If I had to decide again on which law firm to go with it would be Mullen & Mullen. Very transparent about ALL of my money down to the penny. I definitely recommend.
14:57 01 Oct 22
It Honestly baffles me to see ANY negative or low reviews on this law firm. My case is far from over, however, I have never known a lawyer or law firm to not only give you their personal cell phone number but to also respond within 15 minutes. Never a complaint on the 10 plus text messages asking questions or the 2-3 paragraph e-mails. Never telling you it's to late or they are off the clock. They are NEVER off the clock. This firm has two or three lawyers dealing with numerous clients and STILL manage to do all they can to make you feel you are the only one. Try to remember they are human. They truly do everything to put you and your recovery first. The process is long but not something they have any control over. They don't control the Dr. Appointments or your recovery. They will help you find amazing Dr.s then it's up to you to be proactive in your recovery and keeping your appointments. It's been over a year and a half since my injury and my amazing, patient, and hardworking Attorney Joe has been here with me every step of the way. Hundreds of 5 star reviews. 3 or 4 low ones. You do the math.
Paul SPaul S
21:36 05 Sep 22
Mullen and Mullen are the best personal injury team in DFW. When you hire Mullen and Mullen, you have the best personal injury attorneys in DFW. You are getting the best support staff in the state of Texas.Knowing every case is unique. My case took 3 years to complete. My team was professional in the face of a lot of stalling tactics. Without a bat of an eye, the team turned up the heat on the defense for the best possible outcome for all parties.Without details, this group changed not only my life. Mullen and Mullen helped me change my outlook on life after the accident.The most important lessons I learned: 1) Do not try to navigate an personal injury case no matter the cause 2) Listen and follow the advice of your attorney. Get the best in Texas.Shane and Paul, thank you from me and my family.
Larry JohnsonLarry Johnson
17:00 06 Jul 22
I would like to thank Mullen and Mullen for the great service I received. I was involved in an accident and they really helped me out. I worked with the paralegal named Josh and he really made everything a simple process. Josh did a wonderful job and I couldn't be happier!
yolanda Rodriguezyolanda Rodriguez
23:17 15 Jun 22
I love they way they work and communication is the best, they will reach out to you and see if you need anything. Questions you have them they will answer you. Josh is an excelente person that help me so much he was always there for me and if I called him he would return my call as fast as he could. He explained everything I asked and I was really comfortable with him. Josh you are an awesome person. Thank you for everything. I love their services n I would highly reconmand them. Mullen and Mullen are there for you as soon as you call them.
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In the last four years, our firm made Top Verdict’s “Top 50” Personal Injury Settlements in Texas list 44 times, and the “Top 100” list 70 times.

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Top Plano Accidental Death Lawyers Who Settle For More


If your loved suffered a wrongful death due to the negligence or recklessness of another person or company, our skilled Plano attorneys are ready to assist. Obviously, no amount of money can ever undo the ultimate injustice. Rest assured, however, that we will hold the wrongdoer accountable, get the answers you deserve, and seek the maximum financial compensation available.

Mullen & Mullen is consistently recognized by TopVerdict for obtaining some of the largest recoveries in the entire state of Texas. In the last 4 years our firm made the Texas “Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements” list 44 times, and the “Top 100” list 70 times. Our stellar results allow us to offer a below industry standard 29% pre-suit contingency fee which means more money in your pocket.

Our experienced local team has an incredibly strong work ethic and truly cares. We’ve been privileged to serve North Texas for over 40 years. This is our backyard. Call (972) 947-3370 now for a free consultation and some excellent advice.

What Your Attorney Says

We fought for this family like we’ll fight for yours.

When faced with the unimaginable, grieving families deserve answers and support. For many decades, our firm has been dedicated to obtaining compensation and holding wrongdoers accountable for the loss of loved ones.

While the majority of our wrongful death case outcomes remain confidential, there is one particular case that exemplifies our commitment and approach. We were called upon to represent the family of an individual who tragically lost his life in a pedestrian accident on the shoulder of a highway. Although the motorist’s insurance company promptly disclosed their policy limits, they denied liability and refused to meet those limits due to the initial police report that appeared to fault our deceased client.

The motorist’s statement claimed that our client had stumbled into their lane of travel. To shed light on this situation, we commissioned a toxicology report, which conclusively demonstrated the absence of drugs or alcohol in our client’s system, casting doubt on the motorist’s assertion that our client was stumbling.

Furthermore, we obtained and reviewed the body-worn camera footage from the investigating officer, which proved to be pivotal. The footage contained a brief interaction where the motorist acknowledged seeing our client before the incident, establishing that there was ample time for the motorist to react and avoid the collision. This strongly implied that the motorist had not made sufficient effort to swerve and prevent striking our client, despite having the opportunity to do so.

Armed with this crucial footage, our firm presented it as part of our settlement demand, leading to a swift reversal by the insurance carrier. More importantly, this allowed the grieving family to finally gain a clearer understanding of the events leading to their loved one’s tragic passing.

Our commitment doesn’t waver when faced with challenging circumstances. We persistently pursue the truth, even when initial reports may not favor our clients. We refuse to back down when insurance companies deny liability. We dig deeper, uncover the facts, and advocate for families with unwavering dedication, just as we did for this family, and just as we will for yours.

Shane V. Mullen

Our Results Speak For Themselves

Gross Settlements Before Fees & Expenses

We have achieved numerous multimillion-dollar settlements across all practice areas, but we are restricted from displaying some very large results due to settlement confidentiality. Here are a few recent results without confidentiality agreements:

Work Accident

Wrongful Death

Vehicle Accident

Vehicle Accident

Vehicle Accident

Premises Liability

Why Choose Mullen & Mullen to Handle Your Case?

According to, our Dallas attorneys consistently achieve some of the highest recoveries in the state of Texas. As a matter of fact, in the last four years, we’ve made their Texas “Top 50” Personal Injury Settlements list 43 times, and their “Top 100” list 70 times. For example, in 2021 one of our claims made the Top 10 list, eight made the Top 11-20 list, and ten made the Top 21-50 list. When you factor in our reduced 29% contingency fee, we are confident we will help you recover more. At Mullen & Mullen, we pride ourselves on routinely recovering full policy limits for our clients without the necessity of costly and time-consuming litigation.

According to, our Dallas attorneys consistently achieve some of the highest recoveries in the state of Texas. As a matter of fact, in the last three years we’ve made their “Texas Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements” list 43 times. For example, in 2021 one of our claims made the Top 10 list, eight made the Top 11-20 list, and ten made the Top 21-50 list. When you factor in our reduced 29% contingency fee, we are confident we will help you recover more. At Mullen & Mullen, we pride ourselves on routinely recovering full policy limits for our clients without the necessity of costly and time-consuming litigation.

We have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic technology through well-established relationships with medical doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, chiropractors, neurologists, counselors, and other healthcare providers in the entire DFW Metroplex. You receive the quality medical attention you need from local providers near where you live or work. These providers specialize in treating people hurt in accidents of all kinds and they know how to properly document injuries to meet the legal burden of proof in your personal injury case. These providers are also willing to delay billing collections until after your case is resolved so you can focus on recovering without additional stress. Physicians that don’t routinely treat accident victims as part of their practice usually turn away patients over fear of being involved in the legal process or fear of health insurance companies refusing to pay accident-related healthcare bills. Please call us at 214-747-5240 for a free consultation and some advice.

Even if you don’t have health insurance or can’t afford your deductible, Mullen & Mullen will secure you the quality healthcare and state-of-the art diagnostics you deserve with no upfront out of pocket costs.

Shane, Joseph and Regis have almost 100 years of combined experience practicing personal injury law. That doesn’t even include the combined experience of the attorneys that serve as of-counsel to Mullen & Mullen at no additional cost to our clients. Our firm continues to evolve, but we never forget our Core Values. We do the right thing, handle cases the way we would want our own case handled, and we truly listen to clients. We have over 40 years of local knowledge, and that matters!

Some lawyers forget that they represent the client, but we never have. Our legal team will make YOU the priority. You are the boss, and we will respond quickly to your requests for case updates and assistance. We guarantee that when you need to speak to your counsel, you will speak directly to your counsel, not to a paralegal or secretary, because that’s the way it should be.

Most firms hire an investigator to help develop evidence on your case and charge you back for that service. Our firm, however, has 2 full-time accident investigators on staff and we offer their services to you for free. This is another way we will maximize your compensation.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Video footage is worth a lot more. Our in-house videographer allows us to capture the true impact the accident has on your life beyond mere words on a piece of paper.

When necessary, Mullen & Mullen Law Firm uses cutting edge technology like 3D imaging videos to fully demonstrate the extent of our clients’ injuries to the insurance companies. This also helps maximize the value of your claim.

Mullen & Mullen’s attorneys live and work right here in Dallas, and always have. We believe in paying our success forward by helping people in the North Texas community, and are dedicated to supporting these local charities.

About Our Highly Skilled Attorneys

Attorney Shane V. Mullen, Managing Partner
Shane V. Mullen, Attorney at Law

Shane V. Mullen, Managing Partner

Our Managing Partner, Shane V. Mullen, has been handling personal injury cases for 21 years. He is “Top-rated” by Thompson Reuters who named him as a Texas Super Lawyer 3 consecutive years. Shane is also a lifetime member of both the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums, solidifying his expertise in handling significant cases. He is also an esteemed member of Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America, further attesting to his exceptional legal prowess. Shane brings hard-won, battle born knowledge to your case.

Attorney Joseph R. Morrison, Senior Associate
Joseph R. Morrison, Attorney at Law

Joseph R. Morrison, Senior Associate

With 18 years of personal injury experience, Attorney Joseph R. Morrison has established himself as a highly skilled legal professional. Notably, he served as counsel of record in a case that garnered recognition from as a top 5 Premises liability (slip and fall) verdict in Texas. The defendant in this case was a Fortune 500 company with an annual revenue exceeding 11 billion. The specific case, Jeffrey Young v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., showcased Joe’s exceptional abilities in achieving favorable outcomes.

Joe is a distinguished member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers, solidifying his standing among the nation’s most esteemed legal practitioners. Furthermore, his membership in both the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums further attests to his expertise in handling substantial cases.

Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum member

Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Both Shane and Joseph are lifetime members of the Million & Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums, meaning they have each settled cases in excess of two million. This solidifies their expertise in handling significant personal injury cases.

Regis L. Mullen, Founding Attorney
Regis L Mullen, Attorney at Law

Regis L. Mullen, Founder

Our Founder, Attorney Regis L. Mullen, has 56 years of personal injury experience. Regis received his Admission to practice law in 1967. Previously a Litigation Supervisor at Allstate Insurance Company, he knows all the tactics liability carriers use to deny or reduce personal injury settlements. Drawing upon his profound comprehension of the inner workings of the insurance industry, Regis established a law firm dedicated to meeting the legal needs of injured individuals in North Texas.

Texas Top 50 settlements - Wrongful Death - 2021

According to our records, the result obtained by Shane V. Mullen, Joseph R. Morrison in the case Estate of Unborn Child v. Motorist was one of the Top 50 Wrongful Death Settlements in the United States in the year 2021 and has made our list of the Top 50 Wrongful Death Settlements in the Nation in 2021. See the list here.

Case: Estate of Unborn Child v. Motorist
Type: Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort
Attorneys: Shane V. Mullen, Joseph R. Morrison of Mullen & Mullen Law Firm
Amount: $1,510,000.00
State: Texas


What Is A Wrongful Death Claim?

A Wrongful Death Claim arises when a family member passes away due to someone else’s negligence, recklessness, intentional actions, or misconduct. Surviving family members have the right to pursue claims for mental anguish, loss of financial support, loss of household services, loss of support, loss of advice, and loss of maintenance provided by the deceased family member prior to their untimely death.

Whether or not the deceased had a Will, an estate can be established, and legal damages will be pursued through a survival action case. The distinctions between these two types of claims will be explained below.

What Is The Timeframe For Filing A Wrongful Death Claim?

Acting promptly is crucial, as there are two statutes of limitations in Texas:

  • The period during which the deceased person could have filed a claim – 2 years.
  • The period during which you may claim on behalf of your loved one – 2 years.
  • Waiting beyond 2 years and 1 day from the incident date will bar you from seeking any financial compensation under Texas law.

The decisions made by you and your family now will significantly impact your case’s outcome. You have only one opportunity to present your loved one’s story correctly.

  • Immediate strategic decisions are necessary.
  • Evidence gathering is imperative.
  • Experts may be required without delay.

Distinguishing Between Wrongful Death And Survival Action

A Wrongful Death Claim is initiated by certain family members who directly suffer financial and emotional harm due to the untimely and unjust loss of a relative caused by someone else’s negligence or gross negligence.

A Survival Action is filed by the deceased’s estate, seeking damages for the harm suffered directly by the deceased from someone else’s negligence or gross negligence leading to their demise.

The distinction hinges on the party harmed – for example, children who lose financial support and advice due to their father’s sudden death or an estate seeking compensation for a victim’s pain, suffering, and medical bills in the days or weeks leading to their death.

In many cases, pursuing both causes of action is advisable. However, when dealing with limited funds and substantial medical bills, focusing on wrongful death claims may prevent lien holders from intervening and attaching to the recovery in the survival action.

Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim In Texas?

In the state of Texas, the eligibility to file a wrongful death claim is legally defined, distinguishing between those who can initiate legal action and the beneficiaries. According to Texas law, the following individuals are authorized to file a claim:

  • Surviving spouse
  • Child or multiple children (including adult children)
  • Parent or legal guardian

Are Siblings Permitted To File A Wrongful Death Claim?

No, under Texas Law, siblings do not possess this right. However, funds recovered from a survivor action are directed to the estate. If the deceased had a will designating a sibling as a beneficiary, that sibling would indirectly benefit financially from the lawsuit.

Can The Decedent’s Estate File A Wrongful Death Claim?

In Texas, the general rule is that the executor and/or administrator of the decedent’s estate may file a wrongful death claim if it hasn’t been initiated within ninety (90) days following the decedent’s demise by their surviving spouse, children, parent, and/or guardian. An exception exists if the estate has been expressly prohibited from filing a lawsuit by one of the mentioned parties.

What Elements Must Be Established To File A Wrongful Death Claim?

In Texas, a lawsuit must be filed by the decedent’s surviving spouse, parent, or child. Additionally, it must be proven that a person or corporation committed a wrongful act causing injuries to the decedent leading to their demise. It must also be established that the decedent would have had grounds for legal action if they had survived. Furthermore, the surviving spouse, parent, or child must have suffered actual damages as outlined earlier.

What Damages Are Recoverable In Wrongful Death Claims Filed By A Surviving Spouse, Parent, Or Child?

Recoverable damages include “actual damages.” While a surviving spouse or surviving children can potentially recover punitive damages, this is not applicable to parents of a deceased child.

What “Actual Damages” Are Recoverable By Parents Of A Child In A Wrongful Death Claim?

Parents of a child victim in a wrongful death claim may recover damages such as monetary losses resulting from the child’s demise (both before and after the age of 18), damages for the termination of the parent-child relationship, often termed as “companionship and society,” and mental anguish, encompassing emotional pain, torment, and suffering—sometimes articulated as grief and bereavement—resulting from the demise.

What “Actual Damages” Can Parents Recover In The Event Of The Wrongful Death Of An Adult Child?

Parents can recover the same damages as if the child were a minor (refer to the information above).

What “Actual Damages” Can A Spouse Recover In The Case Of The Wrongful Death Of Their Partner?

Recoverable damages encompass monetary loss due to the spouse’s passing, damages for the termination of the marital relationship (including love, affection, comfort, and the sexual relationship), mental anguish resulting from the demise, and the loss of inheritance, which includes the loss of future earning capacity or money that would have been added to the estate.

What “Actual Damages” Can A Surviving Child Recover In The Event Of The Wrongful Death Of A Parent?

Recoverable damages consist of future monetary loss resulting from the parent’s death, damages for the cessation of the parent-child relationship (including love and compassion), mental anguish, and the loss of inheritance, if applicable.

What Factors Will A Jury Consider When Determining Damages For Mental Anguish And Loss Of Companionship?

Jurors typically consider the nature of the relationship between the deceased and the party filing the claim, the living arrangements of the parties, any extended periods of absence, family harmony, and shared interests and activities.

Is It Possible To Recover Punitive Damages If A Child, Spouse, Or Parent Dies?

Yes, punitive damages can be recovered if the loved one’s death resulted from willful or grossly negligent conduct. The Tort Reform Act of 1995 imposes caps on punitive damages, and Texas law limits the recovery of punitive damages in these cases to the surviving spouse and children. Notably, parents are not eligible to recover punitive damages for the death of a child.

Can Damages Be Recovered For The Wrongful Death Of A Spouse If Separated At The Time?

Possibly. The eligibility to recover damages in this scenario is highly case-specific and depends on the support, if any, received from the decedent during the separation period leading up to their death.

Can Damages Be Recovered For The Wrongful Death Of A Fetus If The Mother Is Pregnant?

Yes, but inexplicably, generally only if the fetus would have been able to take at least one breath if removed from the womb just before the violent event, or if the fetus is born alive and subsequently dies.

What Is A “Survival Action”?

A survival action is initiated either by or on behalf of an estate to seek damages for the injuries sustained by the decedent who was a victim of wrongful death prior to their passing.

What Damages Can Be Recovered In A “Survival Action”?

Recoverable damages in a survival action encompass the physical pain and mental anguish endured by the victim before their demise, medical expenses incurred prior to their passing, funeral and burial expenses, property damages, and punitive damages.

Does The Nature Of The Claim Or Action Have Any Impact On Hospital Liens?

Yes, amounts recovered in a survival action are subject to a hospital lien, whereas wrongful death damages are generally not subject to such liens.

In A Survival Action, Can The Estate Recover Damages For Physical Pain And Mental Anguish If The Victim Was Killed Or Lost Consciousness Quickly?

Likely not. Recovery of these damages is typically limited to instances where conscious pain and suffering can be demonstrated, even if only for a brief period.

How Do You Establish A Wrongful Death Claim In Texas?

Proving a wrongful death claim in Texas involves establishing four key elements:

  • The defendant’s actions must have caused the loved one’s passing, either wholly or in part.
  • The defendant must have acted with negligence or the specific intent to cause harm.
  • The loved one’s death must have affected you or other surviving family members who have the right to bring a wrongful death action.
  • Surviving family members must be present and suffer financially and/or emotionally due to the wrongful death.

Was The Defendant Negligent?

The most challenging aspect of any wrongful death claim is proving negligence. While negligence is easily proven in cases like drunk driving, it may be less clear and often requires significant time and resources in cases involving medical malpractice, for instance. This may also be referred to as a “breach of duty,” signifying the defendant’s obligation to exercise “due care” for the safety of the decedent – essentially, a duty to prevent harm or not engage in actions that may cause harm.

Did The Defendant’s Actions Result In The Death Of Your Loved One?

Establishing causation can range from straightforward, as in a car crash where it’s relatively easy to determine whether the defendant’s actions caused the accident, to remarkably challenging. In cases involving medical malpractice, proving negligence becomes intricate, especially when the consequences may not manifest until months or years after a negligent act, such as prescribing the wrong medicine.

Demonstrating Damages In Wrongful Death Cases

If intent or a breach of duty, and causation are established, damages are presumed as the death of the injured person is demonstrated. However, in cases where harm occurs without resulting in death, even proving these elements may not guarantee success if the nature and extent of the harm (damages) are not adequately demonstrated.

It is unfortunate that the decisions of others can lead to the loss of a loved one, but it is a reality we must face. If you find yourself in this heart-wrenching situation, reach out to our Plano lawyers for a free consultation and guidance.

Is Wrongful Death Equivalent To “Murder” In Texas?

No, they are distinct. Criminal convictions, including “murder,” are determined in criminal court, with no provision for seeking financial compensation. In Texas, “Wrongful Death” is a civil action seeking financial damages, not imprisonment or execution. While murder may be the basis for a wrongful death lawsuit, winning a criminal trial does not necessarily preclude a wrongful death claim, as seen in the case of O.J. Simpson.

For example, hypothetically, if prosecutors decide not to pursue a drunk driver responsible for a fatal accident due to insufficient evidence for manslaughter, you can still file a claim for wrongful death in Texas and potentially recover financial compensation.

Burden Of Proof In Criminal And Civil Cases

In criminal cases, the prosecutor must prove guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt,” whereas in civil wrongful death cases, the burden is to prove “preponderance of the evidence” (more likely than not). This difference was evident in O.J. Simpson’s legal saga, where he won his criminal trial due to the jury having doubts, but lost the wrongful death claim based on a civil court jury finding it more likely than not that he was responsible.

Compensation In Texas Wrongful Death Claims

Various avenues exist for recovering financial compensation in Texas, including “actual damages” types such as:

  • Financial losses like the lost earning capacity of your loved one,
  • The value of care, maintenance, counsel, advice, and support they would have provided to you and your family,
  • Mental anguish, representing the emotional pain you endure,
  • Loss of positive benefits like love and companionship from your loved one,
  • The inheritance lost from what your loved one would have accumulated and left behind.

Exemplary Damages In Texas

In addition to compensatory damages, Texas allows for “exemplary” damages, meant to penalize or punish the defendant for gross negligence rather than compensating for actual losses.


Call (972) 947-3370 to talk to a Plano accidental death attorney right now. We won’t put any pressure on you to hire us on the spot. Simply learn how we’ll approach your case and get some excellent free advice. Make your decision only when you feel 100% ready. Do remember though, that the Texas statute of limitations gives you just 2 years from the date of your accident to file a claim.

We’ll come to your home or hospital room if it makes it easier on you! Phone and Zoom consultations are also available. You can call us, or use the form or chat feature on this page to request a free consultation now.

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