In a Tarrant County court this summer, a mother finally got to seek the justice she needed, when she faced the drunk driver who fatally injured her young son 6 years ago.
The accident occurred in February 2009, when Loubna Elharazin and her family were returning from a visit with relatives. While stopped at a red light on busy Cooper Street in Arlington, Texas, a drunk driver slammed into the back of the vehicle, fatally injuring the 2-year-old Abdallah Khader in the backseat.
The force of the car accident irreparably damaged 80 percent of the boy’s brain, and though he clung to life in a vegetative state for 6 years, Abdallah succumbed to his injuries January 8, 2015.
The driver who caused the accident? That was Steward Richardson. At the time of the DWI crash, his blood alcohol level was more than 3 times the legal limit. This wasn’t the first time Richardson had been found drinking and driving either. In fact, Richardson has been convicted 9 times with either impaired or intoxicated driving. In total, he has 22 criminal offenses on his record, spanning 5 states and 9 probations.
Elharazin and the boy’s father, Fahad Khader, finally got to face Richardson in court last month. He now faces 20 to 99 years in prison.
How Franklin Law Firm Would Handle this DWI Car Accident Case
Though Richardson would certainly go to court for criminal charges, the Dallas DWI lawyers at Franklin Law Firm would also help the family file a civil suit on their son’s behalf. With a civil suit, the family could get financial recompense for the expenses they’ve incurred over the years as a result of the accident, as well as the pain, suffering and other intangibles they’ve endured as well.
All in all, a civil case against the DWI driver could award this Texas family damages for the following:
- Medical expenses – This would repay the family for any funds they paid for medical treatment, diagnostic testing, medications, X-rays and more after the accident, as well as the costs they’ve incurred over the years, as a result of their son’s severe injuries. This likely includes a home healthcare nurse, ongoing medications, and hospitals bills.
- Funeral and burial expenses – As the DWI car accident and the subsequent injuries it caused eventually led to Abdallah’s death, the family would also be due funds for the boy’s burial and funeral expenses – anything incurred as the result of his death.
- Property damage – If the family’s vehicle was damaged in the DWI car accident (or if any other property was lost or ruined), a civil case could repay them these things as well.
- Lost income – Over the years, carrying for a debilitated child likely required some significant time away from work from one or both of the parents. One parent may have had to quit working altogether. If this is the case, the family would be due funds for any income or wages they lost over that time period, as well as benefits, pensions and other things that come along with that.
- Pain and suffering – It’s no surprise that the family endured a lot of pain, suffering and heartache over the years as the result of losing their son to a DWI car accident. Though these feelings are often hard to put a number on, they would be due some amount of damages to compensate for this grief.
- Punitive damages – Punitive damages are awarded in cases of reckless negligence and are intended to punish the at-fault party, as well as deter them from future similar behavior. They go above and beyond what a victim is actually due, compensating them extra for the added harm done by the defendant.
With a civil case, in addition to the criminal suit against Richardson, the Elharazin-Khader family would receive not just justice for Abdallah’s premature death, but also financial compensation to help them cover the damage the DWI car accident has caused in their lives.
If you or someone you know has been affected by drunk driving like Abdallah’s family, contact the Dallas DWI lawyers at Franklin Law Firm today. Our experts can help you get the justice and compensation you rightfully deserve.