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Having represented hundreds of families who have lost loved ones across Texas and the United States, we understand that a lawsuit is never a substitute for the loss of a loved one.  But in the civil justice system,  lawsuits remain the only means of both ensuring that negligent and reckless parties are held responsible and that the decedent’s family has a financially secure future

Holding Wrongdoers Accountable & Securing Your Financial Future

When we’re hired in a wrongful death case, our focus is on (1) ensuring that the negligent or reckless party is held accountable, and (2) providing our client with the financial resources to permanently provide for their families in their loved one’s absence.

We not only achieve these goals, but we often set records doing so.

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

  • won over $1 Billion in settlements and verdicts on behalf of families whose loved ones were tragically killed in refinery and other workplace accidents, truck accidentsbus crashes, and other catastrophic accidents
  • recovered the #1 Largest Accident Verdict and 3 of the largest settlements in Texas, and
  • obtained the largest verdicts and settlements in our opponent’s corporate histories in every major case we’ve handled

Our attorneys will devote whatever resources to ensuring that you and your family receive the maximum damages possible, guide you through the most difficult times, and do everything we can to make this time easier for you and your loved ones.

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What is a wrongful death claim?

Wrongful death claims allow surviving family members to hold the negligent defendants who caused their loved one’s death, and their insurers, legally accountable for their actions. Through a  lawsuit, survivors can fight for—and recover—the money necessary to regain financial security and account for future losses.

Wrongful deaths occur when a person’s, or a company’s, carelessness or recklessness causes the death of another person. Almost any type of personal injury accident can result in a wrongful death claim. Some examples include:

Who can file a claim and when does it have to be filed?

In most states, the surviving spouses, children, and parents are permitted, by state statute, to file wrongful death claims.  If, however, the decedent didn’t have children or wasn’t married at the time of death, the lawsuit can be filed by other family members or the estate itself, through the Executor or Administrator.

If the family members do not individually file claims within 90 days of the decedent’s death, the executor of the estate is REQUIRED to file suit on behalf of the decedent’s spouse, children, parents and other family members.

What types of damages can I recover?

When a spouse, parent, or other family member dies unexpectedly, the decedent’s family is often left with debts that they didn’t know existed and financial obligations they may not be able to satisfy.  This is especially true when the decedent was the primary breadwinner, and his or her salary was used to pay the mortgage, provide for the children, pay tuitions, and cover utilities, car payments, health insurance and other expenses.

Money may seem like little consolation for losing a loved one, but it can quickly 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 income and future earning capacity
  • Loss of household services and assistance
  • Loss of society, companionship, and other relationship-based losses
  • Loss of inheritance
  • Mental anguish and emotional distress suffered by family members

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 most lawyers never recover them in their entire career, our lawyers have recovered punitive damages in 4 of the past 5 cases we’ve taken to trial

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What is a survival action? 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 losses. A survival action, meanwhile, is a personal injury claim filed by the estate of the victim—on behalf of the victim himself or herself—after the victim’s death. While this may also benefit the deceased’s surviving family, the available damages and the process to distribute them are different.

The compensation available through a survival action should cover:

  • Medical care provided to the victim
  • Funeral costs
  • Burial costs
  • Lost wages from the date of the accident until death
  • Pain and suffering of the victim

The court awards compensation from a survival action to the victim’s estate. The victim’s will or other estate documents determine how to distribute the estate, including any settlement recovered in a survival action. Beneficiaries can receive compensation from both a wrongful death claim and a survival action, so be sure to contact a lawyer immediately to determine the compensation to which you are entitled.

How can I prove the other party was negligent in causing my loved one’s death?

Like other personal injury cases, to win this type of case, it is necessary to show the other party did something — or failed to do something — that led to your family member’s death. There are four steps to proving negligence:

  • Demonstrate the party had a duty to keep the victim safe, or at least a duty to not cause undue harm
  • Prove the party failed to do so, whether through action or inaction (i.e., was negligent)
  • Prove the other party’s negligence caused the victim’s injuries and ultimately his or her death
  • Establish financial, emotional, or other exemplary damages due to the death of the victim

Depending on the unique circumstances of your case, you can use many different types of evidence to prove the responsible party’s negligence as well as your damages. These include:

  • Medical records
  • Autopsy reports
  • Police reports
  • Witness statements
  • Documentation from the scene
  • Accident reconstruction
  • Pay stubs
  • Medical bills
  • Tax returns

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If you’ve lost a spouse, child, parent, or other loved one as a result of someone else’s careless or recklessness, contact our Experienced  Attorneys for a free consultation at 1-888-603-3636 or by Clicking Here.


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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