You have legal options if you lose a loved one due to another party’s dangerous or negligent actions. A wrongful death lawyer from our team at Heninger Garrison Davis can provide your family with compassionate care as we explain your legal options.
Our firm has the legal staff and resources to provide top-notch, specialized representation to each client. When you hire our firm, your success becomes our mission. Find out more by contacting a personal injury lawyer from our team.
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Do You Qualify to File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Your family may have a chance to bring a wrongful death lawsuit if you lose a loved one due to another person’s negligent actions. Generally, your loved one’s estate may move forward if the negligent or reckless act caused the death of your loved one.
Some states allow family members to file a wrongful death claim directly. However, Alabama requires a court-approved personal representative to handle most wrongful death actions. Our team can review the laws applicable to your situation, helping you determine who can file a claim.
Are There Exceptions to the Regulations on Personal Representatives?
Generally, the personal representative for the deceased person must file a wrongful death claim in Alabama. However, if you lost a minor child, you may bring a suit as a parent. We understand the challenging process of pursuing legal action after a deadly accident, and we’re ready to help you throughout the process.
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Who Receives Compensation After a Deadly Accident?
Alabama only grants financial compensation in the form of punitive damages, which serve as a way to punish the at-fault party for their wrongful actions. Our law firm can help you learn more about Alabama’s punitive damages and wrongful death laws. Your wrongful death attorney can review your situation and help you understand your options.
What Can You Use Punitive Damages to Cover?
Alabama does not restrict how families use punitive damages taken from responsible parties after fatal accidents. For example, you may use these funds to cover your loved one’s medical expenses and burial costs.
We know that losing a loved one can leave your family without financial stability. Punitive damages may indirectly help alleviate the strain caused by loss of income, loss of household services, and loss of inheritance.
Personal injury attorneys can help you learn more about this form of compensation after a wrongful death accident.
How Much Compensation do You Get Through a Wrongful Death Case?
Many states place a cap on the amount of compensation you can receive through a wrongful death claim. Alabama does not impose such a limit.
The financial compensation you receive from the liable party can vary significantly based on the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death. We’re ready to discuss possible damages in your situation when you contact us for help.
How does a Wrongful Death Lawyer Help You?
Our team handles all aspects of wrongful death claims. We understand the turmoil of this challenging time and can assist you by:
Investigating the Causes of the Deadly Accident
Your wrongful death lawyer can perform a thorough investigation of the fatal accident. Our team can:
- Take photographs of the site of the accident
- Interview witnesses who saw the incident
- Get copies of any accident reports
- Look for relevant surveillance footage
- Gather your loved one’s medical records
- Work with expert witnesses to bolster your family’s claim
We use the investigation to find the negligent party and collect evidence that can strengthen your family’s wrongful death claim.
Handling Insurance Agents
A seasoned wrongful death attorney can speak with the insurance company on behalf of your family and negotiate a settlement. Our legal team has many years of experience that we can build on when handling a wrongful death settlement.
Filing a Lawsuit
Some families agree to settle out of court after a loved one experiences fatal injuries. However, the at-fault party may refuse to offer fair compensation. In this situation, your attorney may help you file a lawsuit.
We can handle all the legal details so that you can focus on your family’s emotional needs during this trying time. We work tirelessly to protect your family’s rights and ensure you get the compensation you need to move forward after a deadly accident.
What Kind of Wrongful Death Claims do We Handle?
Our team has the legal experience to handle wrongful death claims after many different kinds of accidents. You can contact us if you lost a loved one due to a:
Deadly Motor Vehicle Accident
We take these claims seriously and can help after wrecks involving distracted driving, drunk driving, and fatigued driving.
Dog Bite or Animal Attack
Animal attacks can have deadly results in Alabama. In some situations, you may have a chance to seek damages from the animal’s owner. We can help you file a civil lawsuit that may provide your family with compensation.
Slip and Fall Accident
Slipping and falling can have serious consequences. These accidents often result in fatal brain injuries caused by the negligence of property owners. We can help you if a loved one slipped on:
- A spill the property owner failed to clean up
- Cracked or damaged flooring
- Trash or debris left in a walkway
Poor lighting or lack of railing on stairs can also lead to deadly slip-and-fall accidents in Alabama.
Sometimes, individuals face deadly hazards on the job. Electrocution, falling, and exposure to toxic substances can all lead to fatalities on a job site. In this situation, you may seek damages.
However, Alabama often prohibits lawsuits against employers. Your attorney can review the situation to see if your family can file a claim against a third party involved in the accident. Find out more about this legal option by contacting us.
Manufacturers sometimes produce and sell products with deadly defects. We can help you pursue a civil lawsuit against the company that made or sold the product in this situation.
Property owners have a responsibility to provide warnings and an appropriate degree of protection around pools. If you lost a loved one in a drowning accident, you may qualify to receive damages.
We understand the effects of an unexpected death on your family and will focus on bringing you a fair settlement or handling your wrongful death lawsuit. Discuss options to handle your legal claim by contacting us today.
Doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff owe their patients a duty of care. If you lost a loved one due to negligence on the part of a healthcare professional, our law firm can help you hold the liable party responsible. Let a medical malpractice lawyer from our team review your situation to determine if you qualify to file a claim.
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Why Select Our Team After a Deadly Accident?
Our team at Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC, has years of experience handling claims for families like yours. We’ve represented clients in all 50 states, giving us a solid foundation of legal knowledge to draw on when handling your claim.
We’re available 24/7, so you can contact us without worrying about the clock. We also offer video consultations so you can easily discuss your situation with a legal professional. We believe in standing behind our record and are proud to share that we’ve secured over $3 billion for clients like you.
We’ve earned recognition from Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers as well as a Preeminent Rating through AVVO. You can contact us after the untimely death of a loved one to find out how to seek maximum compensation from the party responsible.
What does a Wrongful Death Lawyer Charge?
An experienced attorney can help you handle accidental deaths caused by negligent behavior in Alabama. Our law firm takes on these claims using contingency pricing. This system means you only pay legal fees after we win your case. If we don’t recover compensation for your wrongful death case, you owe us nothing.
After bringing you compensation, the firm receives a percentage of the damages for your claim. Therefore, each case results in a different amount of legal fees.
We can provide you with specific information about our pricing for wrongful death claims when you contact us for a risk-free consultation.
How Long do You Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim?
You must proceed with your wrongful death claim before the statute of limitations expires. Generally, Alabama gives you two years from when you lost your loved one to begin the legal process in most cases, though exceptions exist.
Note that the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims does not necessarily start from the accident date. It’s essential to consider this factor when assessing the deadline to file your claim.
Our team can discuss the specific time limit you face when you contact us for assistance.
Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer for Help After an Accident
If you lose a loved one, you can work with a wrongful death lawyer from our team at Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC. We respect your family’s needs during this challenging time and stand ready to represent you in and out of court.
Take the next step in resolving your claim by calling or filling out our online contact form.