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Having successfully represented thousands of spouses, children and family members in wrongful death and survival cases across Texas and the United States, our Wrongful Death Lawyers understand that there’s nothing that will ever fully make up for the loss of a loved one.

But in the United States, a wrongful death lawsuit is the only way to ensure that the negligent and reckless parties are held responsible, the dangerous conduct doesn’t happen again in the future, and that you and your family have the financial resources needed to provide and care for yourselves in your loved one’s absence.

We Hold Wrongdoers Accountable and Ensure that Our Clients Have the Resources Needed to Care for Themselves in their Loved One’s Absence

Our primary goals, whenever we’re hired in a wrongful death case, are to (1) ensure that the negligent or reckless party is held accountable, and (2) provide our clients with the financial resources needed to care and provide for their families for the rest of their lives.

Not only do we achieve these goals, but we also set records while doing so.

In just the past 5 years alone, for example, our Wrongful Death Lawyers have:

  • won over $1 Billion on behalf of families whose loved ones were tragically killed in workplace accidents, truck accidentsbus crashes, and other catastrophic accidents, and
  • consistently and repeatedly recovered the Largest Verdicts and Settlements in Texas and our opponent’s corporate histories

Undefeated and Over $1 Billion Won: Call 1-888-603-3636 or Click Here for a Free Consultation

What is a wrongful death lawsuit?

Wrongful death lawsuits allow surviving family members to hold the negligent defendants legally responsible and recover the financial resources needed to provide for themselves and their family members in their loved one’s absence.

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit and what is the deadline for filing it? 

In most states, the surviving spouse, children, and parents are permitted to file wrongful death claims.

If the decedent didn’t have children or wasn’t married at the time of death, the lawsuit can typically be filed by other family members or the estate itself, through the Executor or Administrator.

What damages are available in wrongful death cases?

When a spouse, parent, or other family member is tragically killed, the decedent’s family is often left with piling expenses and little or no income to pay them.  This is especially true when the decedent was the primary breadwinner, and his or her salary was used to pay the mortgage, care for the children, pay for schooling, and cover other living expenses.

A monetary recovery may seem like little consolation, but, unfortunately, the bills continue even in your loved one’s absence and can add tremendous stress to what’s already the most difficult time of your life.

A wrongful death suit is often the only way families can hold at-fault parties responsible for their loved one’s death and ensure that they’re able to move forward, financially, in their loved one’s absence.

Under Texas law, victims are entitled to recover economic and “non economic damages,” which include the following:

  • Loss of past and future income
  • Loss of past and future household services and assistance
  • Loss of society, companionship, and consortium
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Mental anguish and emotional distress suffered by family members
  • Pre-death pain and suffering

Punitive damages may be available to punish the wrongdoer and prevent similar conduct from occurring again

In cases involved egregious or “grossly negligent” conduct, the family is also entitled to recover punitive damages, which are designed to punish the wrongdoer for their conduct and help deter similar conduct from occurring in the future.

While many lawyers will rarely or never recover punitive damages over their entire career, our wrongful death lawyers have consistently recovered punitive damages in every major case we’ve ever taken to trial.

What is a survival claim and how is it different from a wrongful death claim?

The purpose of a wrongful death action is to compensate the surviving family members for their emotional and financial losses.

A survival action, on the other hand, is a personal injury claim filed by the decedent’s estate that allows the surviving family members to recover damages for any pain and suffering the decedent suffered in the minutes, hours or days leading up to their death.

The damages that are recovered through a survival action belong to the decedent’s estate and will be divided up among family members according to the decedent’s will or, if they didn’t have a will, by state statute.

When there is evidence that the decedent consciously experienced pain before they passed away, our lawyers will always file a wrongful death AND a survival claim to ensure that the surviving family members are able to receive the maximum recovery available to them.

Contact Our Experienced and Undefeated Wrongful Death Lawyers for a Free Consult at 1-888-603-3636 or by Clicking Here

If you’ve lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s recklessness or negligence, contact our Undefeated Wrongful Death Lawyers for a free consultation at 1-888-603-3636 or by Clicking Here.

Our lawyers will answer your questions, explain your rights, and provide you with the information you need to make the best decision for you and your family.

All consultations are free and, because we work exclusively on a contingency fee basis, you won’t owe us anything unless we win your case.


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I hired Zehl when I was severely injured doing a Plug and Abandonment job offshore. I'm glad I did, they were incredible. They walked me through every step of the case, made sure that I got to the best doctors, and were always there for me when I was having trouble paying bills when the case was pending. I always felt that I was in good hands and well taken care of, which relieved a lot of my stress and helped put me at ease. Eric and the team at Zehl and Associates represented my best interests, I highly recommend them.
Derrick Collins
Derrick Collins
21:03 14 Jun 17
I was hesitant to file a lawsuit when I was injured at work, because I didn't know what to expect and my company kept telling me that "they were going to take care of me." But the medical bills kept piling up, I wasn't able to work and make money to support my family. Eric Allen and the staff at Zehl put me at ease about the process, kept me to up date about what was going on, and devoted all their resources to making sure that I had the money I needed to pay all my medical expenses and take care of myself and my family. I can honestly say that working with Eric, Ryan and the Zehl team was one of the best decisions we've ever made. Thank you.
Maura Burnett
Maura Burnett
22:17 12 Jun 17
After I was injured at a chemical plant, I needed time to recover from my injuries and a lawyer who could stand up for me and my family against my company. Ryan Zehl was recommended to me from a coworker. Ryan worked hard to prepare my case and kept me and my family in the loop through the entire process. At the end they were able to get me a settlement that was much more than we had expected. I’d recommend Ryan and the team at Zehl to anyone who needs an injury lawyer who’s aggressive, honest and dedicated to protecting their clients.
Jeffrey Hutson
Jeffrey Hutson
15:47 12 May 17
Thanks to the hard work from Ryan and his team, a dangerous product that could have hurt thousands of people is now off the street. Even though I suffered from the lack of safety checks from this product, I am happy to have “taken the bullet”, to keep other people safe. Special thanks to Tommy Servos, who kept me informed through out the whole trial and helped me get a record recovery!
Kevin Nunn
Kevin Nunn
20:30 14 May 17
I grew up in Texas and went to work on an oil rig just like my dad did. It was a point of pride to follow in the same career path as my father, but no one warned me about the constant pending danger of being on the rig. My team and I are professionals that follow the rules and keep safety as priority number 1. But there are some factors to this job that can’t be controlled. Just like the BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill, my rig suffered an explosion due to the lack of up keep and maintenance from our superiors. Ryan Zehl came to our aid to get the compensation my crew and I needed. Having a Houston personal injury attorney from back home represent us was truly a personal and eye opening experience. He truly cared about us and thanks to him, I can recover with my family and the safety precautions on the rig have never been tighter.
Catherine J. Bates
Catherine J. Bates
02:23 06 Mar 17
Husband was killed at a refinery to the lack of safety checks performed by the company he worked for. When I found out he was gone I was so devastated and scared for our family I wasn’t sure what the next step would be. At first I thought his company would do the right thing and take care of us. But was I wrong. They tried to say we could only recover worker’s comp and had no claim against the company. I hired Ryan because of their experience with plant and refinery accident cases. I was so impressed at how professional and caring Ryan and his entire team were. They would call to check on me and my kids and always made sure I had money to pay bills and get presents for my kids on there birthdays and at Christmas. I don’t know where we’d be without there help. Because of Ryan and his team, I was able to pay off the house, put a trust together for my kids to make sure they’re able to pay for college, and never have to worry about having enough money to take care of myself and the kids again. We are so grateful for everything they did for us. Thank you.
Silvana Teixeira
Silvana Teixeira
06:52 06 Jun 17
Ryan and his team at Zehl & Associates were outstanding from when I first hired them to when they got my case settled. I couldn’t be happier with the results and the work at this law firm has done. I am very thankful and don’t hesitate to give them 5 out 5 stars! You want these guys are your side.
Jhon Abraham
Jhon Abraham
16:53 13 May 17
I came to Zehl Law Firm after I was injured in a car accident. They made me feel comfortable and explained things so I understood what to expect. Along with excellent communication. They were always quick to respond and update me on everything. Kelvin Hayes did a great job with my case and I would be happy to refer him to anyone looking for a auto injury lawyer.
Cody Pennington
Cody Pennington
21:31 03 Jul 17
I highly recommend Zehl Law! When I was injured on the job, I reached out to Ryan’s office and was greeted with support. I was well taken and care of and really appreciate how the law firm professionals went above and beyond their call of duty to help me. Now I can recover without having to worry about money until I am well enough to get back on the job. Thanks guys!
Anna Cris
Anna Cris
12:07 12 Jul 17
I can't even explain the blessing of having Zehl & Associates in our life. This firm has been like family to us and changed our lives forever. Great, friendly Law Firm that I recommend everyone to go to. One on one with your attorney, the fact that you dont have to worry about anything, they handle the whole process! I want to thank Zehl & Associates for an amazing job! #best personalinjurylawyers
Laura Blanco
Laura Blanco
04:00 17 Aug 17
Tommy Servos handled my dads pharmaceutical suit and thanks to all his hard work, my dad is now getting the proper treatment he needs and we won't have to worry about the hefty costs that come with it.
Pasquale D'argenzi
Pasquale D'argenzi
02:29 07 Jul 17
Thanks to Ryan and his team, I was able to get the compensation I deserved after being hurt while at work. They kept me up to date and made sure that I had everything I needed going forward. This group is top notch
Jason Cordell
Jason Cordell
03:02 05 May 17
We've had the opportunity to work jointly on cases with Ryan Zehl and his law firm. The attorneys at Zehl & Associates are smart, professional, and great to work with. I recommend them without hesitation.
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