FAQ: Wrongful Death Lawsuits
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. Wrongful death lawsuits are intended to give surviving family members the financial security they need to carry on with their lives. 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.
Am I eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit?
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.
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 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.
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.
I have more questions. Can I talk to someone?
Yes. Our lawyers are available and ready to hear from you. Please contact us through our online form, or else call our office: 702-570-9287. Based in Summerlin, we also serve clients throughout the Las Vegas metro area.