Lubbock Wrongful Death Lawyers
Lubbock, Texas is home to thousands of loving families. You can be sure to see parents cheering on their kids at games at Lubbock High School, Monterey High School and Estacado High School, taking their kids to Hodges Park for picnics and to play, and shopping together at South Plains Mall. Unfortunately, it is almost a fact of life that sadness hits every family at one point or another. It is one of the greatest sadnesses to lose a loved one. It is even more tragic when our loved one’s death is avoidable and the result of someone else’s poor choices.
Sadly, one person’s carelessness can ruin many people’s lives. Imagine driving down Clovis Road when suddenly a truck runs a red light and hits your car. As difficult as it is to think about, that could result in the death of the driver or any of the passengers. If you die, who can bring a wrongful suit to be compensated for their tragic, immeasurable loss? It can be one or more of the following:
● Your spouse
● Your children
● Your parents
No amount of money can replace a loved one. Why even bring a wrongful death suit? A wrongful death suit is a small step towards making your life without your loved one more manageable. You can be awarded money to:
● Make up for the deceased’s earning capacity
● Cover funeral and burial expenses
● To compensate for the loss of companionship of your loved one
● To begin to make up for the horrible mental anguish that accompanies the tragic, senseless death of a loved one
You can also be awarded money in an attempt to punish the person who caused your loved one’s death. This occurs when the person who caused the accident wasn’t merely careless, but grossly negligent or willfully malicious. For example, if your loved one was murdered, then they were not the victims of a mere accident, but killed by someone who was willfully malicious.
What do I have to prove?
In order to have a claim for wrongful death, you must show the following four elements:
● Someone’s death was caused, entirely or just in part, by the actions of another;
● The person who caused the other’s death, in whole or in part, was negligent and that negligence was the proximate cause of the victim’s death;
● There is a surviving parent, spouse, or child; and
● The deceased’s death resulted in monetary damages.
What do I do now?
Some of these elements might seem confusing. It is important that you contact a lawyer as soon as you can after your loved one passes away. There are many hurdles associated with dealing with death. Your Lubbock, Texas wrongful death attorney’s jobs, in addition to ensuring that you get the compensation you deserve, is to make this sad and often difficult process as easy as possible for you. If someone purposefully or negligently killed your child, spouse or parent, contact Loncar Associates for a free consultation with a skilled and compassionate Lubbock, Texas wrongful death attorney.