Frequent Wrongful Death Legal Questions

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How much will it cost to hire a wrongful death attorney?

A wrongful death case is handled as a contingency fee assignment, meaning the attorney and firm handling it only collects a fee if successful in obtaining a settlement or judgment on the claimant’s behalf.

Contingency fees are collected as a percentage of the recovery secured for a wrongful death victim’s family or other appointed representative. Exact contingent fee rates vary by individual firm and are affected by a multitude of factors—including geographic location—but tend to fall within the 30 to 40 percent range. In cases that are pursued within the appropriate civil court system but fail to result in victory—either via a trial win or successfully negotiated settlement with the defendant—no legal fees are due, and no cost is collected from the claimant.

Simply put: No recovery, no fee—meaning there is also no risk in hiring a competent and reputable law firm to file and pursue a wrongful death claim on behalf of yourself and your lost loved one.

  • Well-versed in handling wrongful death cases
  • No-cost, no-obligation legal consultations
  • No upfront expense to victim’s loved ones

When can I file a wrongful death lawsuit?

In a word: Immediately.

There is no reason to wait on filing a claim in a wrongful death case, and in fact, there are several reasons not to—including state-imposed time constraints. Statutes of limitations affect all personal injury and wrongful death claims within the geographically appointed civil court system that hears them.

A statute of limitations is a time limit that is set by your state of residence, constricting the period after an incident within which appropriate suit may be filed. Because these statutes vary by location, it is absolutely vital that you contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible to ensure that all filing deadlines are met in a timely manner.

Furthermore, it is important to understand that wrongful death lawsuits take time to reach resolution—whether they a successfully negotiated outside of the courtroom or taken to trial, where the outcome is decided by a judge or jury. In order for you and your family to receive compensation for damages as soon as possible, you will need to hire an attorney for representation as soon as possible, so that he or she may begin taking action on your claim expediently.

If your loved one has been the victim of an accident resulting in wrongful death, contact the offices of CMZ Law to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today.

What is the difference between murder and wrongful death?

Murder is a criminal charge in which charges are filed against the wrongdoer by the victim’s state of residence with the result being incarceration or the death penalty.

Wrongful death is a civil action in which a person seeks to recover monetary damages for provable negligence of the at-fault party. The specific type(s) of damages incurred and subsequently pursued after a wrongful death has occurred vary by individual case but may include any of the following:

  • Economic – medical and/or burial expenses, lost wages and/or benefits resulting from the victim’s death, etc.
  • Non-economic – mental anguish and/or suffering of surviving family members and/or loved ones, etc.
  • Punitive – awarded as a result of “bad conduct” on the party of the defendant(s)


"Everyone at CMZ Law was extraordinarily understanding and compassionate—and they did a great job pursuing my husband’s wrongful death claim on my behalf. I would readily recommend this firm to anyone experiencing a similar situation to mine. They truly are the best."
~ Kasey M.

"The law firm of Chandler, Mathis & Zivley got to the truth of the accident that claimed my father’s life—and successfully pursued a wrongful death claim, regarding that accident, in court too. Their action gave me the peace of mind—and fair compensation for medical expenses—that I was desperately seeking."
~ Mark G.

Chandler, Mathis & Zivley, PC has offices located in Houston and Lufkin Texas and serves clients throughout East Texas as well as many other states.
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