Filing A Meaningful Claim For Wrongful Death
The untimely or sudden loss of a family member is the most devastating event that anyone can experience. Hanratty Law Group has witnessed the traumatic impact of these wrongful death cases. Our compassionate lawyers stand beside Nevada families as they grieve and provide them with reliable legal guidance.
Seeking Compensation Is About More Than Money
While nothing can reverse the actions that led to the loss of your loved one, civil liability can obtain some measure of justice against the responsible party. Our attorneys recognize that your case might provide both sentimental and material value to you.
In certain circumstances, a civil suit could compensate surviving family members for their economic and intangible losses. The type and amount of compensation could depend on your relationship to your lost loved one.
For example, a spouse may obtain compensation for emotional grief and loss of consortium. A parent may be entitled to recover damages for the emotional grief due to the loss of their child. Similarly, a child can recover compensation for the loss of parental guidance and support following the accident.
Further, the estate of your loved one can recover damages for the lost wages that the deceased person would have earned in their lifetime if not for another party’s negligence. Your loved one’s funeral and remaining medical expenses are also recoverable by the estate. Above all else, compensation can support your family during this period of mourning and adjusting to life without your loved one.
Answers To Common Questions About Wrongful Death
The death of a family member is a shattering experience, particularly if it was caused by someone else’s negligence. It can take months before you even think about what recourse you may have to put your life back together. If you are in this situation, you probably have a lot of questions. Here are some that we hear most often:
What exactly is a “wrongful death”?
When someone dies as a result of another person’s negligence that is classified as a wrongful death. There are many scenarios in which this could happen: someone running a red light and causing a fatal car accident, homicide, improper medical treatment, industrial accidents and others.
Does a wrongful death lawsuit take the place of a criminal case?
No. If a criminal act was involved in your loved one’s death, the criminal case can take place at the same time as a wrongful death lawsuit, which is a civil action. You do not have to wait for the outcome of a criminal case in order to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Am I eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Nevada?
Wrongful death lawsuits are intended to give surviving family members the financial security they need to carry on with their lives. Generally speaking, anyone who stands to inherit the deceased person’s estate is eligible to file a wrongful death suit in Nevada. This is typically a spouse, child, parent or another relative.
Discussing your case with an experienced wrongful death attorney in Las Vegas can help you determine whether you are able to file a lawsuit after the loss of a loved one.
What damages could I receive in a wrongful death lawsuit?
Families can receive compensation for a variety of things, including insurance benefits and lost wages, medical expenses, and funeral expenses. You can also receive compensation for the emotional damage and distress that you have suffered.
How long do I have to file a wrongful death lawsuit in the state of Nevada?
In Nevada, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death suit is two years from when your family member passed. However, if this is something you would like to pursue, we advise discussing it with an attorney well before that time.
We Can Pursue Justice By Filing Your Claim Promptly
The sooner you contact Hanratty Law Group after your loved one’s death, the sooner our firm can take the necessary steps to preserve evidence and protect your rights. Our dedicated lawyers can insulate your family from inquiries by insurance companies, newspapers and other interested parties so that you can fully focus on grieving your loss.
Bring your questions about wrongful death to a consultation at our Summerlin law firm by calling us at 702-570-9287. We patiently listen to our clients so that we can provide effective guidance. Our attorneys are also available to discuss your case online, especially if this topic is too difficult to discuss in person. We aim to accommodate your needs to the best of our ability.