Many workplace injuries, home or hotel fires, and automobile accidents resulting in someone’s death could and should have been prevented. When a preventable and needless death occurs, the law provides a chance of recovery for family members of people who are killed by the negligent or wrongful acts of others. Our firm litigates “Wrongful Death” cases on behalf of families or the estates of deceased persons in an effort to obtain recovery and to hold the responsible party accountable for the death.
In wrongful death cases, the recovery sought is important to provide for the decedent’s family. Depending on the state where the wrongful death occurred, the type of damages recoverable may vary. Punitive damages are often sought (and are the sole remedy in Alabama for wrongful death cases) to punish the party who caused the death and to deter others from causing more deaths in the future. The amount of recovery can depend on a number of factors and experts are needed to calculate the amount of damages that will appropriately compensate the family and punish the wrongdoer.
In addition to hiring qualified and experienced experts, it is also very important in wrongful death cases to act soon after the accident to preserve evidence that may be crucial to the case — photographs of the scene will need to be taken, witnesses will need to be interviewed, defective products must be inspected and preserved, etc. Additionally, the laws allowing recovery for wrongful death require legal action to be taken within a limited time period. When this period has elapsed, legal claims for the wrongful death are barred and no recovery can be obtained .
Our attorneys will provide a free consultation to anyone looking for answers in the death of their loved one. If we take the case, we will work toward recovering all appropriate compensation for the survivors of those killed by the negligence or carelessness of others.
Common wrongful death litigation suits:
- Automobile accidents
- Home, apartment, or hotel fires
- Auto accidents involving a commercial vehicle (semi-trucks, tractor trailers, dump trucks, etc.)
- Work-related accidents (loss of life on the job or while working for someone else)
- Construction accidents (scaffold falls, electrocution, explosions, etc.)
- Healthcare/assisted living accidents
- Mining accidents and other heavy industrial work-related fatalities
and many more …