Wrongful Death Claims in Las Vegas, Nevada

Posted by: on Thu, May 23, 2013

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What is a wrongful death?

As a legal term of art, it is a death that has been caused by the fault or negligence of another person or entity. For example, deaths caused by drunk driving, a dangerous or defective product, the construction of an unsound structure or building, nursing home negligence, or failing to diagnose a fatal disease, may all be considered “wrongful deaths” under the applicable law of a particular state.

The loss of a domestic partner, parent, spouse or child can be devastating in many ways. When a loved one has been killed due to the fault of another person, Nevada law provides the surviving relatives and partners with the right to bring a wrongful death claim for their own financial loss as well as the loss of the intangible benefits of their relationship.

The term wrongful death refers to the civil court claim for financial compensation for the death of a loved one caused by the negligent actions of another person. The wrongful death of a loved one is often the most painful emotional experiences someone has to endure. However, this damage is compounded when they are deprived of the wages and other sources of income that were previously generated by the victim.

Wrongful death may occur in a wide range of situations, including motor vehicle accidents, defective premises accidents, defective product accidents, medical and dental malpractice, aviation-related accidents, construction site accidents, fires, and instances of negligent security, among others.

Generally, children and spouses of the deceased may seek damages in wrongful death cases. Examples of damages sought include compensation for lost wages and income, companionship, property damages, medical expenses, future services, and punitive damages.

If your family has recently lost a loved one in Nevada as the result of someone else’s negligence or carelessness, it is best to contact the attorneys at Albright Stoddard Warnick & Albright to discuss your legal options as soon as possible.

How do you choose a lawyer to handle your case?

We understand that families may not know where to turn after the sudden or unexpected loss of a loved one. When choosing a wrongful death lawyer, it is crucial that you look for a law firm that has both the experience and resources needed to litigate even the most complex wrongful death lawsuits. Our outstanding results since 1970 have earned us the reputation as one of the top law firms in Nevada, along with the respect of both our adversaries and peers.

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?

Wrongful death lawsuits or claims are generally filed by family members or beneficiaries of the person who died. Our Las Vegas attorneys at Albright Stoddard will help you to determine who in your family may file the wrongful death lawsuit. In some instances, these claims are filed to obtain monetary damages in order to cover the earnings the deceased person would have provided to his family. Other damages that may be recovered include:

  • Expenses associated with the death, such as medical and funeral bills
  • Lost benefits, such as insurance, from the death
  • Loss of inheritance from an untimely death
  • Pain, suffering or mental anguish suffered by the survivor of the decedent
  • Loss of companionship, care or protection
  • Punitive damages, intended to punish wrongdoers and prevent them from harming others

The person who died cannot be replaced, but there can often be some fair and just compensation awarded for the damages that losing that person causes upon the survivors or their estate. A Nevada wrongful death attorney can assist the survivors in getting through the financial damage and difficult times following that wrongful death.

What Types of Claims Qualify for Wrongful Death?

Whether the death was caused by a car accident, motorcycle accident, bicycle accident, truck accident, pedestrian accident, medical mistake, work related accident or any other type of mishap or negligence, damages may be recovered from the responsible individuals, companies and organizations, and/or their insurance companies, for the survivors’ loss of the financial support, love, care, comfort, supervision, guidance, solace, support, affection, moral support, protection, benefits, household assistance, and general society which would have been provided by the deceased, as well as death and burial expenses. In appropriate cases, such as those involving intentional acts or reckless conduct such as drunk driving, punitive damages may be recovered for the claimant’s as well.

The Law Office of Albright Stoddard Warnick & Albright has decades of experience bringing compassionate, caring support to the families of loved ones, coupled with an aggressive, efficient pursuit of financial compensation and accountability from those responsible for the wrongful death. In the difficult time following the loss of a loved one, we want to relieve you of as much burden as possible. In order to make the responsible parties and their insurers fully and deeply understand the impact of your loss, we will, when you are ready, personally sit down with you privately for as long as it takes to get a full understanding of your deceased loved one, what they meant to you, and what you have suffered due to their death.

Who Can Assert such a Claim?

There are two main plaintiffs for a Nevada wrongful death case:

  • The victim’s estate can bring a case, which includes compensation for conscious pain and suffering, medical expenses and burial expenses.
  • Family members can bring a claim for loss of love, companionship and affection, lost income, loss of services to the family and other damages.

At Albright Stoddard, we will examine the facts of your case and bring together a team of lawyers, paralegals, investigators and other experts best suited to fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.

Of course, no monetary value can be placed on the life of a loved one. But it is important to think through the pain of your loss and consult an experienced attorney qualified to help you protect your rights and the rights of your family.

The pain of the sudden loss of a loved one will last forever. An experienced Nevada wrongful death lawyer can help ensure the financial and legal consequences are not an added burden.

If you wait too long to speak with a lawyer, you run the risk that evidence in the case may be lost and witnesses may disappear. Once we accept your wrongful death claim, we immediately begin an investigation and take swift action to secure and preserve evidence relevant to the case. If your family is struggling through the pain and confusion of dealing with the loss of a loved one, we offer free appointments to discuss your case. Call Albright Stoddard Warnick & Albright today at 702-384-7111, or you can e-mail us at gma@albrightstoddard.com.

About the Authors: The law firm of Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright is an A-V Rated Nevada-based full-service law firm having attorneys licensed in Nevada, California and Utah. The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys named Mark Albright as one of the Top 10 Personal Pnjury attorneys in Nevada in 2014. Our firm’s practice includes a strong emphasis on personal injury accidents. Call us at 702-384-7111.

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