Personal Injury

Dallas Wrongful Death Lawyer

We can help your family seek justice and compensation

There is nothing more painful than the death of a loved one. It is even harder to accept when that death was caused by the negligent actions of another person. The Dallas wrongful death attorneys at Tracey Fox & Walters can help family members file a wrongful death claim to hold that person responsible.

Wrongful death is when a person is killed as a result of someone's negligent or reckless behavior. It can be the result of:

  • Car accidents
  • Recreational accidents
  • Product liability
  • Slips and falls
  • Workplace accidents
  • Dangerous drugs
  • Defective medical devices
  • Criminal acts

The loss of a loved one always has a big emotional impact, but it can have a financial impact as well. Your loved one may have had medical expenses. There are funeral expenses and other losses. If someone else’s carelessness caused your loved one’s death, your family should not have to pay any of those costs.

As part of a wrongful death lawsuit, you can seek compensation for lost future earnings, medical care and funeral arrangements of your loved one. You can also seek damages for pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of care, advice, or support and loss of inheritance. If your loved one's death was caused by the gross negligence or willful act of omission, you can also seek punitive damages.

Verdicts & Settlements

  • $6 million wrongful death settlement for family ($2,486,661.15 in attorney’s fees & expenses)
  • $3.25 million settlement for fatal car accident ($1,316,136.30 in attorney’s fees & expenses)
  • $2 million settlement for fatal truck accident ($800,000 in attorney’s fees & expenses)
  • $2 million for fatal dangerous drug case ($812,861.45 in attorney’s fees & expenses)

How much is my wrongful death case worth?

There’s no set dollar amount when it comes to the value of your case. The bottom line is you and other immediate family members (spouse, parent, children, etc.) should receive financial compensation for all expenses and lost economic opportunities due to your loved one’s death.

Expenses often include medical bills, funeral expenses and lost future income. All these expenses can easily add up to tens of thousands or millions of dollars. If you do not receive financial compensation for these expenses, you could end up having to pay these bills yourself.

Insurance companies for the at-fault party know what’s at stake. That’s why they do everything they can to reduce or deny wrongful death claims. So, it is critical that you talk to an attorney right away to learn more about your legal rights.

Should I file a wrongful death lawsuit?

Some people aren’t sure whether they should file a lawsuit after the death of a loved one. If someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior resulted in the death of your loved one, you should seriously consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

In many cases, filing a lawsuit may be the best way to obtain the financial compensation you need and deserve. This is especially true if the at-fault party or their insurance company wrongfully blames your loved one for causing their fatal accident.

You know the truth. You know your loved one didn’t do anything wrong. Taking legal action can set the record straight and provide your family with the financial resources you deserve. We can help you understand your legal options and do what’s right for your family.

Who pays for wrongful death lawsuits?

We handle wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis. That means we won’t charge you any fees associated with moving your case forward until and unless we successfully recover for you. If we win, our fee is a percentage of the recovery. If we don’t win, you owe us nothing.

It’s important to remember that your lawsuit is separate from any criminal charges involving the death of your loved one. So even if the at-fault party faces criminal charges related to your family member’s death, that does not mean you will automatically be compensated for your loss. Conversely, because the standard of proof is lower in civil court, we may be able to win a wrongful death lawsuit even if the responsible party is acquitted in criminal court.

An experienced wrongful death attorney familiar with Texas’ unique legal system can review the details of your case and explain all the legal options available to you. That way, you can make an informed decision related to filing a lawsuit on behalf of you and your family.

Learn more about Chapter 71 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code. Visit the state’s official website or talk to an experienced attorney who thoroughly understands how the system works in Texas.

We're focused on getting the right results

Putting a value on a wrongful death claim is never easy. We'll take several factors into account when determining the amount. Our main goal is to get the results that are right for you.

A successful wrongful death suit must prove that a person’s death could have been prevented if the defendant had exercised proper care. The legal team at Tracey Fox & Walters in Dallas will conduct a thorough investigation of your loved one’s accident. We will gather evidence, review documents and talk to witnesses. We take the time to build a strong case that will stand up in court and help you get justice for your loved one. Many times, we can negotiate a favorable settlement.

A wrongful death claim must be filed within two years after a person's death. During the first three months following the death, only the surviving spouse, children and/or parents may file the claim, either singly or jointly. In Texas, this includes adult biological and adopted children. After those three months, a personal representative or executor of the estate may file the claim.

We encourage you to contact us as soon as possible following your loved one’s loss. It may become more difficult to build a strong case for wrongful death as time goes by.

Money can’t bring your loved one back. But it can help you hold the negligent person responsible. It can help you pay the expenses associated with the loss. And it can give you some financial stability as you move forward.

We know what a difficult time this is for you, and we want to help. It costs you nothing to talk to us and learn about your legal options. Contact us to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys.

What clients say

“My brother was killed in a car accident the day after Christmas in 2012, while traveling through Texas.  Words cannot express the life I must now lead without my brother.  I was devastated.  I hired the law firm of Tracey & Fox seeking justice for my brother.  The team of attorneys assigned to my brother's wrongful death/survival action were great, with one attorney leading the way.  His name is Lance Walters.  Lance put me at ease right from the start.  I felt that he was truly committed to my brother's case and I could feel his compassion.  Lance always and promptly answered any and all of my questions.  The process was long and stressful, but whenever I did communicate with Lance via telephone, his voice was so soothing, that my stress seemed to lift immediately.  Because of Lance and the law firm of Tracey & Fox, they were able to negotiate a settlement without the added stress of having to go to trial.  If you too have lost a loved one through a wrongful death, I highly recommend you call Lance Walters at the law firm of Tracey & Fox.”

-M. Palmer (5-Star Google Review)