El Paso Wrongful Death Lawyers
El Paso is home to thousands upon thousands of wonderful and loving families. Just head to the El Paso Zoo to watch parents hold their kids up high to see the animals or to Hueco Tanks State Historic Site to see families exploring the 860 acres of geographical marvels together. It is one of life’s greatest cruelties that every family must deal with the grief of losing one of their own eventually. It is a great tragedy when a family member’s death is avoidable, especially when the death is the result of someone else’s actions.
One person’s moment of carelessness can have lifelong and life ruining effects on countless other people. What if your family was on the way to the Plaza Theatre for a show when a stranger who was texting missed a red light and hit your car? As terrible as that sounds, it is a distinct possibility. Do you know what would happen if you died in an accident? What would happen to your family? Who could bring a lawsuit to get compensated for your death? In Texas, one or more of the following can bring a lawsuit if you are killed:
● Your spouse
● Your children
● Your parents
Why bring a wrongful death claim?
Nothing can replace a lost loved one and nothing can heal the pain. Since this is true, why even bring a wrongful death claim? Although no amount of money can replace your loved one, that does not mean that compensation cannot ease the practical side of your life in your loved one’s absence. When you bring a wrongful death claim, you can be compensation for:
● Funeral and burial costs
● The loss of the companionship of your loved one
● Mental pain and anguish – your grief
● The lost wages of your loved one
If your loved one did not die as a result of mere negligence but as the result of something worse, the judge or jury might award you punitive damages. Punitive damages are not awarded to compensate you for any loss, but to punish the wrongdoer for extremely bad behavior. This happens in cases where high levels of recklessness caused the death or when the death was malicious.
What do I have to prove to show that my loved one’s death was wrongful?
It is important to have a lawyer when bringing a wrongful death claim because there are four elements that you have to prove in order to bring a successful wrongful death claim. Those four elements are:
● Person A died in whole or in part because someone else;
● Person B was negligent and that negligence proximately caused, in whole or in part, the death of Person A;
● There is a surviving parent, spouse or child of Person A; and
● Person A’s death resulted in monetary damages.
What do I do now?
A loved one’s death comes with a lot of burdens. Contact your El Paso wrongful death attorney at Loncar Associates today for your free consultation so we can start lifting some of those burdens from you.