Wrongful Death

The loss of a family member is the most difficult life experience that any person goes through. If the loss is sudden and unexpected, the experience is that much worse. When someone passes away, family members’ thoughts are where they should be – with the loved one they have lost. But one of the practical decisions that needs to be made as soon as possible after the death is whether it is appropriate to pursue a claim against a company or person responsible.

Dealing with Insurance Companies 

The first step is finding the right attorney to evaluate your potential claim. Since insurance companies have extensive experience in evaluating claims and will seek to obtain the lowest settlement value possible, it is critical for you to engage a firm with considerable experience dealing with insurance companies. It is best to retain a Dallas personal injury attorney who regularly handles wrongful death claims so that a lawsuit can be pursued if the insurance company is unwilling to settle your claim for a fair amount.


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Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Texas

 Before you file a wrongful death claim in the state of Texas, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • The surviving spouse, children, and parents of the deceased person may file a wrongful death claim. These individuals may file the claim singly, or can file as a group.
  • If the surviving family do not file a wrongful death claim within three months of the date of death, the executor of the deceased person’s estate may file a claim in their place. 
  • Adult children may file wrongful death claims over the death of a parent and adoptive parents may file a wrongful death claim if their adopted child dies. 
  • Texas law does not allow surviving siblings to file a wrongful death claim for the loss of a sibling, biological or adopted. 

Wrongful Death Attorneys in Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas

At the Law Office of Chad West, our attorneys are skilled at handling wrongful death cases. We never charge a fee unless we get money for our clients. We work with our clients to make sure that they understand each step of the process, and will explain all potential options for resolving the case. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation on your wrongful death case.