Wrongful Death Attorneys in Las Vegas, NV
In Nevada, the family of a person who loses their life due to an intentional act, negligent behavior, or reckless mistake can seek compensation.
Although it is impossible to monetarily account for the loss of a loved one, holding the responsible parties accountable can help the family begin the healing process. Having the proper legal representation helps to ensure that the victim's family receives the wrongful death settlement they are entitled to in this situation.
Understanding Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Common Negligent Acts
Here are several common negligent acts that justify a wrongful death claim:
- Negligent or reckless car crashes
- Accidents on the property as a result of dangerous conditions
- Unsafe product accidents caused by defective design or manufacturing
- Unsafe workplace conditions accidents
- Medical malpractice due to a physician or surgeon
In a wrongful death claim, surviving family members are entitled to recover two types of damages, compensatory and potentially punitive. Punitive damages do not award the family of the victim compensation but rather penalize deplorable conduct, including intentional or reckless conduct, in an effort to deter similar conduct in the future.
Compensatory damages represent losses to surviving family members or the estate of the deceased. These damages include:
- Medical bills
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of Economic Support due to Lost wages of the deceased and future loss of income
- Property damage
- Loss of benefits to surviving family
- Loss of companionship
- Grief and sorrow compensation
- Victim pain, suffering, or disfigurement experienced before the death of the family member
Why Hire an Attorney After a Fatal Accident?
The aftermath of losing your loved one is a traumatic time in your life. However, that is not the extent of it; the paperwork and legal proceedings that follow a wrongful death lawsuit are heavy and complex to navigate on your own. An experienced wrongful death attorney can ease the burden of this dark time and ensure you receive the justice you deserve.
What is the Statute of Limitations on Wrongful Death Claims?
A wrongful death claim must typically be filed within two years of the date of the victim’s death. After the two-year mark, the court will likely preclude any wrongful death claim, and the family loses their chance at receiving deserved compensation. In medical malpractice cases, the statute of limitations are often shorter, i.e. only one (1) year from the date of death, and thus retaining an attorney shortly after the death is important.
How to Prove Fault in Wrongful Death Lawsuits
To prove fault in a wrongful death claim, we work diligently to collect supporting evidence. This may include working with accident scene reconstructionists and safety engineers, as well as observing property damage left at accident scenes. We demonstrate a detailed approach that includes reviewing reports and witness statements to provide sufficient backing to your claim.
Our Other Areas of Practice
Our law firm works with clients in Las Vegas in several areas of law, including medical malpractice, personal injury, product liability, electrocution, and aviation accidents. If you or someone you love has been involved in a situation of this nature, don’t hesitate to call our industry-leading attorneys.
Choose Carvalho & Associates as your Law Firm to assist with the wrongful death of a family member
With a wealth of knowledge and in-depth experience that embodies every component of wrongful death cases, Carvalho & Associates is the right choice for your wrongful death claim. Our compassionate team of law professionals has the skills to successfully prepare and handle even the most complex and challenging cases.
Let’s Discuss Your Wrongful Death Claim Today
When you’re dealing with tragedy, legalities, and insurance companies, you need to have a reliable professional fighting for your family. Carvalho & Associates want to help you achieve the justice you deserve so you can begin your recovery from this painful experience. Contact our law firm to discuss your case today.