Houston Wrongful Death Lawyers
Houston, Texas is home to millions of people and thousands upon thousands of loving families of all shapes and sizes. Just head to Memorial Park to see families exploring, or to any of the many local schools so see parents cheering on their kids in football, volleyball, band concerts and at the science fairs, or to the Houston Family Arts Center to see families enjoying theater together. It is a truly sad but undeniable fact that every family at some point experiences the grief of losing a loved one. It is a tragedy when our loved one’s death is the result of someone else’s negligence. Losing a loved one when the loss was avoidable is unspeakably awful.
One person’s poor choice or moment of negligence can ruin many people’s lives. Imagine that you and your family were driving around North Houston when a car runs a red light and hits your car. As painful as it is to even imagine, that scenario could happen and it could result in the death of anyone involved. If you were to die, what would happen to your family? Who could bring a wrongful death suit to be compensated for their loss? In Texas, one or more of the following can bring a wrongful death claim:
There is not enough money in the world to replace a lost loved one. So, why even bring a wrongful death suit? Although nothing can fill the hole left in your heart by the death of a loved one, there is a way to fill the other holes left in your life. You can be compensated for:
● Funeral and burial costs
● Lost earning capacity to cover lost wages that your loved one would have earned
● The loss of companionship of your loved one
● The mental anguish that comes with the senseless loss of a family member
If the accident that killed your loved one was not the result of just mere negligence, but instead of gross negligence or willful malice, then you could be awarded punitive damages. Punitive damages are not awarded with the purpose of compensating you, but for the purpose of punishing the wrongdoer. For example, if your family member was murdered, then they were not the victims of a mere accident but killed by someone who was willfully malicious. You could be awarded punitive damages in that scenario.
What do I have to prove?
In order to prove that you have a wrongful death claim, then you must prove the following:
● A person’s death was caused in whole or in part by someone else;
● The one partly or entirely responsible for the death was negligent and the negligence was a proximate cause of the victim’s death;
● There is a surviving parent, spouse or child; and
● The death resulted in monetary damages.
What do I do now?
It is important to contact your Loncar Associates Houston, Texas wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. There is no need to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders during such a sad time. Contact one of our experienced and compassionate attorneys today for a free consultation.