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Wrongful Death Lawyers Who Put Victims and Their Loved Ones First

The passing of a loved one is a time of immeasurable grief and sadness. When a death is unexpected, or if the loss was caused by wrongdoing, recklessness, or negligence, feelings of pain, anger, and shock can seem overwhelming. The impact on the survivors is lifelong and can be monumental, both in terms of the emotional toll and future financial hardship.

While there is no way to put a price on a person’s life, an experienced wrongful death attorney can help you seek just compensation and hold those who are responsible accountable for your unimaginable loss. The caring attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger can allow you to turn your focus to personal matters while we handle the legal aspects, so you can get the closure and security you need to move forward. We understand the intricacies of these complex cases and can ensure you recover costs from medical bills, funeral and burial costs.

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What Is Wrongful Death

A wrongful death claim or lawsuit is a civil action used to hold accountable those who were responsible for your loved one’s death. This is separate from any criminal case that may be lodged, and these claims can be made against individuals, companies and even multiple parties.

Depending upon local laws, the surviving spouse, children and parents of the deceased may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Experienced wrongful death attorneys can guide you on which family members are able to pursue a lawsuit.

Why You Need a Wrongful Death Attorney

Losing a loved one is a traumatic experience. Having qualified and caring legal counsel can make all the difference as you navigate the wrongful death legal process. Having an experienced wrongful death attorney is critical. Some of the reasons include:

  • Not all negligence is a crime. Police will not usually arrest a doctor who commits malpractice that leads to death. Even if a crime was committed, such as drunk driving, the prosecutor is working to protect the general public, not compensate you for your losses.
  • For most people, the sudden loss of a loved one can be financially devastating. If the deceased was the major breadwinner in the home, the surviving family members may not have the income to pay the mortgage and the rest of the bills. Medical and funeral bills can also cost tens of thousands of dollars. A wrongful death lawsuit can help take the financial burden off your shoulders by covering your expenses, as well as lost income and pain and suffering.
  • Insurance companies may offer a low, quick settlement to close out the claim and avoid a lawsuit. An experienced wrongful death attorney knows how to handle insurance companies and get you a fair settlement.
  • There is a statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Getting a fair settlement takes time, and your attorney will often need all of that time to get you what you deserve.


Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyers Tirelessly Advocating for Fair and Just Compensation

After your family is dealt the painful blow of a loved one’s death in an accident, you may feel paralyzed, not knowing where to turn. You may be overwhelmed with grief, yet you also want to seek justice and hold those responsible accountable for your loss.  The lawyers at Slack Davis Sanger have experience seeking justice and accountability in the following types of wrongful death cases:

Train Accidents

When a train derails, collides with another train, crashes into a car, or hits a person, the outcome can be deadly for the individuals involved. Entire communities can even be affected if the accident results in a toxic spill. Accidents near railroad crossings might occur due to malfunctioning gates and signals, a train operator neglecting to use lights or horns at crossings, vehicles parked too closely to crossings, objects extending outside the train’s usual footprint, or crossing signs that are blocked from motorists’ view. Trains can derail for a variety of reasons, including equipment malfunctions, foreign objects atop the tracks, faulty tracks, and excessive loads. The skilled team of train accident attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger can work with you to file a wrongful death or catastrophic injury claim in the event of any of these or other tragic scenarios.

Premises Liability

Business owners can be held liable in a wrongful death lawsuit if a person dies or is seriously injured in an incident on their property because a business is expected to protect its visitors. These cases may be filed if a guest slips, falls, or suffers another type of serious or fatal injury on someone else’s property. These accidents can occur in parking lots, office or hotel lobbies, hallways, apartment complex common areas, or leased office space. The experienced lawyers at Slack Davis Sanger can determine who is at fault in these cases and can secure compensation for injured victims or security and closure for family members who remain after a fatal accident.

Toxic Tort

In some heartbreaking instances, an individual can perish after being exposed to a chemical, pesticide, or pharmaceutical drug. Exposure might take place in the workplace or at home and can be linked to specific consumer products. Slack Davis Sanger attorneys are well versed in all legal avenues to pursue a wrongful death claim and hold the responsible parties accountable for the tragic death of your loved one.

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  • "During the ultimate mediation process, you demonstrated the confidence, expertise and determination to do what was best for all of us while helping to guide our decisions during what was a very emotional time. While our lives will never be the same without our beloved father, we are grateful for a settlement which allows us to do something positive in our lives while honoring his memory."

    Theresa M.

  • "I have worked with Slack Davis Sanger for over a decade, in both a business capacity and as our partner in the Five Who Care Community Service Awards. They are consummate professionals who also possess a unique commitment to the betterment of Central Texas through volunteerism and service."

    Tim Crowley

    President – Community Banking Group, Frost Bank​
  • "I have had the pleasure of referring my personal injury cases to Slack Davis Sanger for many years. I never have to worry about the quality of the representation or the status of the case, as they have always kept me well informed. I am Board Certified in Criminal Law, and I appreciate the professionalism they exhibit in the preparation of their cases. I will continue to recommend them to anyone in need of services in their field."

    Bennie E. Ray

  • "I would like to thank all of your team, who I felt went above and beyond to take care of us and to be great listeners, even when I’d fall apart on the phone speaking about my father. I would highly recommend you and your firm to anyone in a similar situation, and I would be happy to speak to any prospective clients to provide a verbal reference."

    Theresa M.

  • "I would like to commend Slack Davis Sanger for their willingness to contribute to the local educational community. In an era when state- and federally allocated funds are scarce, schools are forced to look to public–private partnerships to fund educational initiatives. The partners at Slack Davis Sanger were not only willing to listen to our proposal in a climate in which responses are few, they ultimately provided us with resources. We appreciate the educational opportunities, facilitated through partial funding of technological upgrades at our campus, that Slack Davis Sanger has provided."

    Kara Thompson

    James Bowie High School PTSA President
  • "On behalf of my siblings and I, we thank you and your team for taking on our case following our father’s passing from a tragic vintage plane crash in Arizona. As you know, we were originally working with another firm and just getting started when a family member referred us, insisting you were the best choice for our situation. With one phone consultation, I knew you were the one who would take care of us. During the time of our first call, I found you to be professional, fair, understanding, and, most of all, you confirmed my instincts on how a settlement would be processed given all the family dynamics and other concerns (i.e., multiple states, multiple claimants, etc.). I immediately felt you would have our backs and best represent our family."

    Theresa M.

  • "All law firms should operate and handle their clients just as you do!"

    Rebecca F.

  • "I am still amazed at how, through this difficult legal process, Mike Slack and his team consistently maintained a diligent direction to resolve this case in our best interest. We experienced an extraordinary sense of grace and humanity as we struggled through this tragedy. These are truly extraordinary people with extraordinary ability."

    Victor McLerran

  • "Caring, sincere, genuine, loyal, dependable, reliable, trustworthy, compassionate, extremely knowledgeable, and resourceful. How can I ever thank Mike Slack and his legal assistant enough? They went out of their way — even meeting with us at the hospital or the Ronald McDonald House."

    Carol B.

  • "Thank you for all of your help with this case. This has been a difficult process and I couldn’t have done it without you."

    Charlotte L.

  • "Slack Davis Sanger handled our case with the utmost care, understanding, and professionalism. Above all, we felt like Mike Davis truly cared for our wellbeing and our future. We appreciate all they did for our family."

    Kyle Smith

  • "I refer people to the firm, and will use their services again should the need arise. Great job, Mike Davis and Donna Bowen. Thanks again."

    Duff W.

  • "Slack Davis Sanger represents the ultimate in professionalism combined with a true caring attitude."

    Colonel Ray Toler

  • "I am a partner in a small general litigation law firm, and we handle a variety of cases, including personal injury matters. In the past few years, whenever we encountered a case that required a more experienced attorney or more litigation resources, or that involved significant medical issues, we referred our clients to Slack Davis Sanger. Their firm has treated our referrals with outstanding professionalism, quality service, and prompt attention. Based on our experience and trust in Slack Davis Sanger, we look forward to a continued relationship for years to come."

    Terence Davis

    Brown & Davis Law Firm
  • "Slack Davis Sanger was excellent and cared about our feelings and listened to us about my husband’s injury from May 2014. They were very helpful and helped us from the beginning to the end of the settlement. Very friendly and courteous and will recommend to others."

    Liz and J.R. G.

  • "In the 15 years since starting The Exhibit Company, I have worked with more than 400 law firms nationwide. I have had the distinct pleasure to work with Slack Davis Sanger for 13 of those 15 years. I can honestly say that they are not only exceptional at what they do, but also have the utmost integrity and are a pleasure to work with. Their desire to stay on the cutting edge of technology and persuasive communication is uncommon in the legal industry, and it shows in their results. I never hesitate to recommend their services."

    Sherrie Wirth, M.B.A.

    President, The Exhibit Company
  • "Mike Slack has proven to be an invaluable member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Directors. In the face of a busy, busy schedule, his enjoyment of classical music and his problem-solving skills just shine through. He has brought energy and a can-do attitude to the table. We couldn’t ask for more."


  • "It is to your credit to have Ladd Sanger on your team. His intelligence, skill, and hard work were invaluable to our case."

    Peter B.

  • "Our family wasn’t very experienced with legal matters, and so we had many questions and concerns. Mike Guajardo was friendly and informative, and he made sure we understood everything with clear, straightforward language. It was obvious that he and his team really cared about us, and that his intelligence, experience and energy were completely dedicated to serving our needs. We truly respect this good man."


  • "Our firm has worked with the attorneys and staff at Slack Davis Sanger since the firm was formed in 1993. They have assisted our clients with personal injury matters and have served as our co-counsel in planning for our clients’ personal aircraft ownership and operations issues and needs. Our experience and our clients’ experience with Slack Davis Sanger has been outstanding. We recommend the firm highly and always look forward to working with the lawyers and staff there."

    Stephen Saunders

    Saunders, Norval, Nichols & Atkins, L.L.P.
  • "My sincere thanks to Mike Guajardo, Greg Marks and their staff for helping me through my medical malpractice lawsuit. From the initial consultation to the finalization, I was impressed with their expert knowledge, honesty, and compassion. Having never dealt with a situation like this before, they took time to listen to my concerns and offered insightful recommendations. Mike was very helpful in explaining the overall process and what to expect each step of the way. Any questions I had were quickly responded to in a way that was easy to understand. I am truly grateful to Mike and his team for helping me through this difficult time. His extensive experience helped us achieve a favorable outcome."


  • "When we got into this I had no idea what to expect. You have all been honest and supportive through this whole process. This whole time I have felt like someone was on our side. That is not something we get very often. I can only hope that if someday you need something from me...I can deliver like you all have for us. If you ever need a reference, no one could explain it like me. We love the fact that your team is still fighting the good fight. I hope you nail those bastards until they have no choice but to fix the problem and make sure it never happens again."

    Kathleen C.

  • "After an exhaustive search from Texas to California for a medical malpractice attorney with expertise in the complicated field of malpractice, I found an outstanding attorney, Michael Guajardo. Mike was the utmost of professional in assessing and explaining the complexity of injury related settlements and the impact they have on the individual and their family. At the same time, he was compassionate and sensitive to the emotional impact it had on both me and my family as we went through the process. He was diligent and thorough in identifying facts, witnesses, expert witness, and gathering information needed in order to fully present my case. His entire manner throughout my case was thoughtful, meticulous, caring and understanding of my ongoing medical issues. Going through a medical malpractice lawsuit is daunting and Mike helped me walk through every step with a professional attitude that assured me I had the best legal advice working in my favor."


  • "When friends contacted me about the needless death of their daughter in a hospital, I knew we wanted Paula Sweeney as their advocate.  Paula was compassionate, professional and aggressive.  Her tireless efforts resulted in a settlement that exceeded expectations.  Her expertise in medical malpractice is unsurpassed and it was a great pleasure to work with her."

    Thomas C. Riney

    Riney & Mayfield LLP
  • "Slack Davis Sanger came highly recommended to me by a colleague. From my first meeting with Mike Davis, I knew my sisters and I had made the right choice. Emotionally, dealing with the situation was difficult for us. Slack Davis Sanger managed all of the details and people day-to-day, involving us only when necessary. This law firm delivered — and more."

    Kyle Smith

  • "I have opposed the lawyers at Slack Davis Sanger in several cases in the past. I have always found them to be zealous advocates for their clients, and consummate professionals in their dealings with me."

    Scott R. Kidd

  • "The principals at Slack Davis Sanger have been our partners for years on one of the most significant community programs we have here at KVUE. It’s our Five Who Care, Five Kids Who Care public service recognition project. Their commitment to the community is evident through their commitment to this project, as they work with us to recognize individuals who have chosen to make a positive difference in the lives of others here in Central Texas. Our partnership with Slack Davis Sanger is based on our mutual respect for each other, the respect we have for those who are honored, and further, based on our mutual desire to shine a light on the positive aspects of our community."

    Patti C. Smith

    President and General Manager, KVUE-TV and KVUE.com
  • "I first met Mike Slack when I mediated a case involving a plane crash in which Mike represented the plaintiff. I was very impressed with his knowledge, preparation, and approach. More than a year later, I asked Mike to investigate a matter for a family member of mine. He handled the investigation with skill, tenacity, and care. I think Mike is a terrific lawyer."

    Paul Bardacke

  • "The team at Slack Davis Sanger was invaluable in helping me through a difficult time. After being in a serious car accident and fracturing my spine, I was overwhelmed by the number of calls I received from different insurance companies and the various medical bills that kept coming in the mail. Mike Slack walked me through the entire process and made it seem easy. He and his team were always available to answer my questions, no matter how trivial, and kept my best interests at heart. They made sure the case was closed in a timely manner and that I received the best settlement possible, which gave me peace of mind to focus on my recovery."

    Jennifer A.

  • "I worked with Mike Davis on a case in which our respective firms represented different plaintiffs against the same defendant in a complicated construction accident. I was impressed with Mike’s big-picture insight to problem solving as well as his professionalism and integrity, and I thoroughly enjoyed working with him as a fellow colleague."

    Mark La Spina

    The La Spina Law Firm, P.C.
  • "I am still amazed at how, through this difficult legal process, Mike Slack and his team consistently maintained a diligent direction to resolve this case in our best interest. We experienced an extraordinary sense of grace and humanity as we struggled through this tragedy. These are truly extraordinary people with extraordinary ability."

    Victor McLerran

  • "The whole staff at Slack Davis Sanger went above and beyond to make sure that we not only got the best settlement and verdict, but that we were aware, knowledgeable, and comfortable with all that went on before, during, and after the trial. They have the best staff — “the A team” — that anyone could ask for. They all worked hard together and still had compassion for us. They are the team you want in your foxhole."

    Leon Hagerman

  • "Donna Bowen was very kind and supportive, both personally and professionally, throughout my ordeal."

    Elizabeth A.

  • "I found the Slack Davis Sanger legal team very professional and competent. The attorneys and staff took the time to make me feel comfortable with all the proceedings. I would highly recommend the Slack Davis Sanger team and would not hesitate to use them again."


  • "We have been referring cases to Mike Guajardo for many years. He has always been responsive to our needs, and he treats our clients with dignity and respect. Mike has a proven track record of success. He is hard-working, innovative, persistent and persuasive. We are very pleased to continue to refer our cases to his firm."


  • "Upon meeting Mike Guajardo and his staff, I was immediately comfortable as well as assured they were efficient, competent, and compassionate. Mike was completely accurate in his determination of my case, and his staff was prompt in communicating their fact-finding progress. Mike was extremely professional with a calming but in-control demeanor during depositions and in mediation. Mike Guajardo’s expert knowledge and proficiency resulted in an exceptional settlement of my cases. I highly recommend him as a superior Dallas personal injury attorney."

    KRETA L.

  • "I know I speak for my whole family in expressing appreciation for the genuine care and support provided by Slack Davis Sanger during the lengthy process of working through our legal system. They provided frequent personal contact, without prompting, and someone was always available to answer any question or just listen to our comments and concerns. I feel that we were always treated with respect — individually and as a family."

    Larry McLerran

  • "After a lengthy stay in medical facilities and medical trauma, approaching a medical negligence claim or lawsuit was a daunting task for me. I was aware of Ms. Sweeney's reputation as a very highly regarded medical negligence lawyer and inquired whether she would be willing to take on my case. I knew it was a hard one since I had a complicated medical situation. My experience was excellent. Ms. Sweeney and her staff were totally professional and I cannot think of one time that I did not hear back from them the same day if I wrote or called, always with explanations for any questions I had.   I was kept fully updated on the status of my case. I felt so comfortable with Ms. Sweeney and her paralegals which made the pursuit of the claim so much easier and more relaxing for me.  It was clear that my best interests were foremost and that Ms. Sweeney had an excellent grasp of the medical facts of my case. I highly recommend the firm and in particular, Paula Sweeney."

    Terry M.

  • "I cannot say enough good things about the entire staff at Slack Davis Sanger. We contacted Slack Davis Sanger to pursue a wrongful death case. They fought the greatest fight for my kids. They knew the aviation industry and left no stone unturned. Their courtroom strategy and manners are equaled by no other. Thanks for your compassion and helping us through this time."

    Kathy Hagerman

  • "It was obvious to me, very early in the process, that my family was in need of an advocate that could match the legal resources of the airline involved. Through the recommendation of a family attorney in Austin, I was most fortunate to contact Mike Slack with Slack Davis Sanger LLP. I had not been on the phone with Mike for more than 10 minutes when I knew that this was the man and legal team that would represent my family."

    Victor McLerran

  • "A disaster affecting the lives of many families led to our relationship with the Slack Davis Sanger team. While we never could be compensated fully for our loss, the team at Slack Davis Sanger removed much of the burden associated with dealing with the courts and corporate attorneys, allowing us to devote more of our attention to dealing with the very real burden of personal loss associated with losing loved ones to tragedy. They actively listened to what was important to us and crafted a legal strategy designed to meet our goals."

    Victor McLerran

  • "Mike Slack and I are presently working on a case together. He puts the client first and works very hard for the client. I am lucky to be working with Mike, and Mike’s client is very lucky to have him as her lawyer."

    Steve McConnico

    Scott, Douglass & McConnico, L.L.P.
  • "It has been my great pleasure to work on many cases with Mike Slack and Mike Davis over the years — and to refer clients to them whose cases I couldn’t handle for one reason or another. In my book, they are the best of the best our profession has to offer. Not only do they work hard and employ their abundant skills on every case, however complex, but they also care deeply about their clients, and it shows. They don’t teach that in law school. I would, with total confidence, recommend these outstanding lawyers to anyone in need of help in even the toughest of legal battles."

    Tommy Jacks

  • "Thank you again for all of your good help. Since losing Nick, the love of my life, it has been an emotional roller coaster, but I am making progress and standing strong as he would want me to do. Aside from all of the other estate things I have had to attend to, through this law case, your efficient and thoughtful communications have been very kind and helpful. You have performed your job perfectly."

    Sandra T.

  • "I was very impressed with the services of Michael Guajardo. He was very prompt about getting back to me and always answered all my questions. I am also very happy with the outcome of my case. I would definitely recommend Michael’s services to others. I felt very comfortable working with him and his staff, and everyone I worked with went above and beyond the call of duty whenever necessary."



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