The worst thing that can ever happen to a person is a wrongful death. When a person is negligent and accidentally kills someone as a result, a family is left to pick up the pieces, both emotionally and financially. This is unacceptable. If you believe your loved one suffered an unwarranted, early death, please read on to learn more about your legal options moving forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What legally qualifies as a wrongful death?
Wrongful death is when someone dies due to another party’s careless or negligent behavior. These deaths generally occur in medical malpractice incidents, product malfunctions, construction accidents, automobile accidents, and more. However, if your loved one has recently passed, his or her situation must meet the following qualifications to be considered a wrongful death:
- There was a death
- The death was caused by another party’s negligence
- If the injured party had lived, the action against them would be considered illegal
- The deceased individual left behind a family who suffered a significant financial loss due to their loved one’s death
- The grieving party is entitled to compensation
How can I recover compensation following the wrongful death of a loved one?
To recover compensation, you must first prove that your loved one died due to another party’s negligence. These are very serious charges, so there is a good chance a negligent party will invest in a strong, experienced legal team to defend them. This is why you must ensure you hire a knowledgeable, aggressive legal team who is ready to fight for your family. Your attorney may work to obtain security camera footage of the accident, pictures of the safety hazard, police reports, witness statements verifying your claim, medical documents, and more. This compensation may help cover the cost of:
- Funeral costs
- Lost wages and benefits
- Support and services provided by the deceased
- Medical bills
- Health care expenses
- Lost inheritance for any surviving children
- 9% interest on the recovery awarded, starting at the date of the death
What is the statute of limitations in Alabama?
The statute of limitations in Alabama is two years, meaning you have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. Failing to do so will deny you the right to pursue a claim. Do not wait. Reach out to one of our attorneys today.
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