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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 3 years, we’ve made TopVerdict’s annual Texas “Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements” list 43 times.

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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 Dallas 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 3 years our firm made the Texas “Top 50 Personal Injury Settlements” list 43 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 (214) 747-5240 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 the unthinkable happens, grieving families need and deserve answers. For many decades, our firm has recovered damages and held wrong-doers accountable on behalf of clients who have lost loved ones.

Most of our firm’s wrongful death case results are confidential and cannot be discussed in any detail. I can talk about one, however, that shows what our firm is all about.

We were retained by the family of a gentleman who was struck as a pedestrian while walking on the shoulder of a highway. The liability carrier for the motorist quickly disclosed their insured’s policy limits but denied liability and refused to pay the policy limits when the police report faulted our deceased client.

In his police statement, the motorist claimed our client stumbled into his lane of travel. When we ordered a toxicology report, it demonstrated their loved one had no drugs or alcohol in his system – casting serious doubt on the motorist’s suggestion that our client appeared to be stumbling prior to the incident.

We also ordered the investigating officer’s body worn camera footage. This proved key. The footage included a very brief exchange where the motorist acknowledged seeing our client prior to the incident – establishing there was sufficient time for him to react. The implication is clear – the motorist hadn’t moved far enough over to avoid striking our client even though he had a chance to do so.

Our firm submitted this brief but critical footage with our settlement demand and the carrier quickly reversed itself. More importantly, a grieving family could now rest easier knowing the full story of what happened to their loved one.

We didn’t get the police report back and give up just because it faulted our deceased client. We didn’t quit because the motorist’s insurance carrier denied liability. We dug deeper and discovered the truth. We fought for this family like we’ll fight 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. 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. That’s why we can say with 100% confidence that we’ll maximum your compensation. At Mullen & Mullen, we pride ourselves on fiercely fighting to achieve full policy limits results for our clients.

Even if you don’t have health insurance, or can’t afford your deductible, Mullen & Mullen can get you the medical diagnostics and treatment you need with no upfront out of pocket.

Not only has Mullen & Mullen Law Firm been in business in Dallas for 40 years, but our attorneys have 95 years of combined experience you can leverage. We know how to win against the insurance companies.

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. And 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.

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

About Filing a Texas Wrongful Death Claim

What is Wrongful death claim?

When a family member dies because of someone else’s negligence, recklessness, intentional actions or misconduct, the surviving family members have their own claims for mental anguish, loss of financial support, loss of household services, loss of support, loss of advice as well as loss of maintenance which the deceased family member provided prior to their untimely death. Regardless of whether your deceased family member had a Will, an estate can easily be created. Your deceased family member’s own legal damages will be pursued through a survival action case. We’ll distinguish the differences in these two types of claims below.

How long do you have to file a Wrongful death claim in Dallas?

Not too long, so it’s important to act fast. There are two statutes of limitations governing the law in Texas:

  1. The period during which the deceased person could have filed a claim – 2 years.
  2. The period during which you may claim on behalf of your loved one – 2 years.

If you wait 2 years and 1 day after the date of the incident that resulted in the loss of your loved one, Texas law will prohibit you from seeking any form of financial compensation.

The decisions you and your family make now will prove vital to the outcome of your case. You only have one chance to tell your loved one’s story the right way. A number of strategic decisions must be made immediately. Evidence must be gathered immediately. Experts may be required immediately.

What is the difference between Wrongful death and a Survival Action?

A wrongful death claim is brought by certain family members that directly suffer financial and/or emotional harm because of the untimely and unjust loss of a relative caused by someone else’s negligence or gross negligence.

A survival action is brought by the deceased’s estate. The estate sues for the deceased’s own harm and damages caused directly from someone else’s negligence or gross negligence that resulted in their demise.

The answer depends on who was harmed. Was it a father who died instantly and now can’t support his children or are we dealing with a single man who suffered a long, slow and painful death?

In the former situation, the children certainly should sue for mental anguish, loss of advice as well as the financial support they’ve now lost because of their father’s untimely passing.

In the latter situation, there are no children, but the estate can sue for the pain, suffering, physical impairment, mental anguish and any medical bills sustained by the victim in the days or weeks leading up to his death.

Of course, in most situations wisdom dictates it’s best to file both causes of action.

However, when dealing with limited money to go after and large medical bills owed by the estate it can be wise to seek every dollar possible under the wrongful death claims in order to avoid large hospital liens and/or other liens from attaching to the survival action’s ultimate recovery.

When we limit the claim to only wrongful death damages, lien holders are often times prevented from intervening with a goal of obtaining some or all of your family’s compensation.

Who is able to file a Wrongful death claim in Texas?

In the state of Texas, there is a legal distinction between the people able to file a suit and the people who are beneficiaries. According to the law in Texas, those who can file a claim are laid out by statute:

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

Are siblings allowed to file a Wrongful death claim?

No, under Texas Law siblings do not have this right. However, money recovered from a survivor action goes to the estate, and if the deceased had a will and that will names a sibling as a beneficiary then the sibling will indirectly and financially benefit from the lawsuit.

Can the decedent’s estate file a Wrongful death claim?

The law in Texas generally is that the executor and/or administrator of the decedent’s estate may file a Wrongful death claim if one has not been filed in the ninety (90) days following the decedent’s demise by his or her surviving spouse, children, parent and/or guardian. An exception to the general rule exists if the estate has been forbidden to file a lawsuit by one of the parties referenced above.

What are the elements that must be established to file a Wrongful death claim?

In Texas a suit must be filed by the decedent’s surviving spouse, parent or child as discussed above. In addition, a person or corporation must have committed a wrongful act that caused injuries to the decedent resulting in his or her demise. It must also be established that the decedent would have been entitled to bring an action if he or she had survived. Also, the surviving spouse, parent, or child must also have suffered actual damages as outlined above.

What damages are recoverable in Wrongful death claim cause of actions brought by a surviving spouse, parent, or child?

You can recover “actual damages.” A surviving spouse of a decedent or surviving children of a decedent can potentially recover punitive damages but this is not true of parents of a child.

What “actual damages” are recoverable by parents of a child who was a victim of a Wrongful death claim?

Recoverable damages include monetary damages resulting from the demise of the child (before and after the age of 18), damages for the termination of the parent-child relationship which is commonly referred to as “companionship and society”, and mental anguish (emotional pain, torment, and suffering – sometimes submitted as grief and bereavement) resulting from the demise.

What “actual damages” are recoverable by parents if the child was an adult at the time of his or her Wrongful death?

The same damages as if the child was a minor. (see above)

What “actual damages” are recoverable by a wife or husband whose spouse died?

Recoverable damages include monetary loss due to the demise of the spouse, damages for the termination of the spousal relationship (love, affection, comfort, sexual relationship), mental anguish caused by the demise and loss of inheritance (loss of future earning capacity / money that would have been added to the estate).

What “actual damages” are recoverable by a surviving child whose mother or father was the victim of a Wrongful death?

Recoverable damages include future monetary loss resulting from the passing of the parent, damages for the cessation of the relationship (love, compassion, etc.), mental anguish, and loss of inheritance (if any).

What will a jury be allowed to consider when arriving at damages for mental anguish and/or loss of companionship?

Jurors are typically instructed to consider the relationship between the party and the deceased, living arrangements of the parties, any periods of extended absence, family harmony, and shared interests/activities.

Can you recover punitive damages if your child, spouse, or parent died in Texas?

Yes, if the loved one’s demise was the result of willful or grossly negligent conduct. The caps on punitive damages laid out in the Tort Reform Act of 1995 are applicable. Texas law-makers have limited the recovery of punitive damages in these claims to the surviving spouse and children. (Inexplicably) Parents are not able to recover punitive damages for the passing of a child.

Can you recover damages for the Wrongful death of a spouse if you were separated at the time?

Potentially. This is a very case specific inquiry and support (if any) you received from the decedent during the separation period prior to his or her demise.

If you are pregnant can you recover for the Wrongful death of a fetus?

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

What is a “Survival Action?”

A survival action is filed by or on behalf of an estate to recover damages the decedent who was the victim of a Wrongful death sustained prior to his or her passing.

What damages are recoverable in a “Survival Action?”

Recoverable damages include physical pain and mental anguish suffered by the victim prior to his or her death, medical expenses incurred prior to the passing, funeral and burial expenses, property damages, and punitive damages.

Does the type of claim and/or action brought have any impact on hospital liens?

Yes, amounts recovered in a survival action are subject to a hospital lien, while Wrongful death damages generally are not.

In a survival action can the estate recover damages for physical pain and mental anguish if the victim was killed or lost consciousness instantly?

Probably not. Recovery of these damages is generally limited to instances in which conscious pain and suffering can be demonstrated – even if only for a very short period of time.

How Do You Prove a Wrongful Death Case?

You have to prove 4 different elements.

  1. The defendant’s actions must have caused your loved one’s passing (either in whole or part),
  2. The defendant must have acted with negligence or the specific intent to cause harm,
  3. Your loved one’s death must have affected you or other surviving family members who are allowed to bring a wrongful death action, and
  4. Surviving family members must be present and suffer monetarily and/or emotionally because of the wrongful death.

Was the defendant negligent?

The most difficult aspect of any wrongful death claim is proving negligence. If someone was driving drunk and well over the legal BAC limit, negligence is easy to prove. But in cases alleging medical malpractice, for example, it’s not always so clear and often costs lots of time and money to determine.

You might also hear this called “breach of duty” which refers to the fact the defendant is liable to the decedent for a duty of “due care.” Basically, that’s a duty to keep the other person safe or not to do something that may harm the person.

Did the defendant’s actions cause your loved one’s death?

Showing causation can also be easy or amazingly difficult. If a car crash happens, it’s comparatively easy to show the defendant’s car did or did not cause the accident.

But again, in cases where medical malpractice is involved, it gets very difficult to show negligence. For example, your loved one could die months or years after a negligent act or omission happens (like prescribing the wrong medicine).

Demonstrating damages in Wrongful death cases

If you show intent or breach of duty and causation then damages are presumed because you showed the injured person was killed. However, in cases where harm happens but not death, you can prove both of those but still lose the suit because you didn’t prove the nature and extent of the harm (damages).

It’s sad other people make decisions which can cause the passing of your loved one, but it’s a reality we have to live with. If you find yourself in this heartbreaking situation, contact our Dallas lawyers for a free consultation and some advice.

Is Wrongful death “murder” in Texas?

No, it’s different. You can only be convicted of “murder” in criminal court. You cannot seek financial compensation for “murder” charges.

In Texas “wrongful death” is a civil action. Civil lawsuits seek financial damages, not jail time or execution. However, typically when there is a murder you may sue the murderer in a wrongful death lawsuit. That’s what happened to O.J. Simpson. He won his criminal trial, but he lost the wrongful death lawsuit brought by surviving family members.

For example, hypothetically prosecutors may choose not to go after a drunk driver who hit and killed your loved one. They may not have enough evidence to convict them of manslaughter. But, you can still file a claim for “Wrongful death” in Texas and potentially recover financial compensation.

With criminal cases the prosecutor must prove “beyond a reasonable doubt”, but in civil wrongful death cases we only have to prove “preponderance of the evidence” (more likely than not). This is why O.J. Simpson won his criminal trial (the jury had a doubt he didn’t kill his wife) and it’s why he lost the wrongful death claim (the civil court jury saw enough evidence to believe it was more likely than not that he killed his wife).

What Type of Compensation Can You Get in Texas Wrongful Death Claims?

There are a number of avenues to recover financial compensation in Texas. Here are a few “actual damages” types of compensation you can recover for loss that actually happened (or will happen):

  • Financial losses like your loved one’s lost earning capacity,
  • The value of the care, maintenance, counsel, advice, and support they would have given to you and your family members,
  • Mental anguish, which means the emotional pain you suffer,
  • Losing positive benefits like love and companionship from your loved one,
  • The inheritance lost from what your loved one would have accumulated and left behind had they lived out the entirety of their life.

You can also win “exemplary” damages in Texas. Rather than compensating you for actual losses, they are meant to penalize or punish the defendant for their gross negligence.

If you are in Texas, Mullen & Mullen’s Dallas Wrongful death lawyers can and will help you. Call (214) 747-5240 now for a free consultation and some excellent advice.

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