McAllen Wrongful Death Lawyers
McAllen, Texas is home to thousands of people and families. On any given Friday night, you can see families cheering on their kids at McAllen, Memorial or Rowe High School in football, softball or at the band concert. Sadly, it is a depressing but unavoidable fact that every family must, at some point, deal with the grief of losing a loved one. When our loved one’s death is someone else’s fault, the tragedy can be overwhelming. To lose a loved one to an avoidable accident caused by someone else’s negligence, recklessness or malice is unimaginably terrible.
One person’s momentary lapse in judgment can destroy the lives of many others. Just imagine that your family was driving down Ingle Road to visit Lake Edinburgh when a pickup truck runs a red light and slams into your driver’s side going 45 miles per hour. Everyone thinks this cannot happen to them, but it happens to McAllen families regularly. If you were to die in a car accident today, what would happen to your family? Could they bring a lawsuit to hold your killer responsible for your death? In Texas, one or more of the following can bring a wrongful death lawsuit:
Why bring a wrongful death lawsuit?
It goes without saying that no amount of money could fill the void left by the death of a spouse, child or parent. Why even bring a wrongful death lawsuit if nothing can replace your loved one? The death of a loved one leaves a lot of holes, including emotional, psychological and financial holes. By bringing a wrongful death suit, you can be compensated for:
● Burial or cremation costs
● Funeral costs
● Lost wages of your spouse, parent or child
● Mental anguish and pain and suffering
If your loved one’s death was caused by something more than just mere negligence – that is, if your loved one was killed because someone else was being reckless or because someone intentionally killed your loved one – then the judge or jury can award punitive damages. Punitive damages are money damages that the judge or jury awards to the victim’s family in order to punish the wrongdoer. This is different that normal damages, which are awarded not as punishment to the wrongdoer, but to compensate you for the wrongdoer’s actions.
If I bring a wrongful death lawsuit in McAllen, Texas, what do I have to prove?
In order to be able to bring a wrongful death claim in McAllen, you have to prove the following four elements:
● Person A died due in whole or part to Person B (or multiple other persons);
● Person B was negligent and Person B’s negligence was a proximate cause of Person A’s death;
● Person A left behind a spouse, parent or child;
● Person A’s death caused monetary damages.
What do I do now?
It is hard to deal with everything that accompanies the death of a loved one. It is important that you contact your McAllen wrongful death attorney as soon as you can. Loncar Associates wants to help lift your burdens and get you the compensation you deserve for your loved one’s death. Contact us here in McAllen today for a free consultation.