Wrongful Death Lawyer
Wrongful Death Attorney in Alabama
No one should have to endure the anguish of losing a loved one due to a fatal accident. When your family has been impacted by the loss of a family member as a result of negligence caused by another individual, company or defective product, you have the right to pursue a wrongful death case.
While filing a legal claim after such a sudden and traumatic experience may seem overwhelming, it is important to seek the help of a lawyer as soon as possible. One of our wrongful death attorneys in Mobile, Daphne, and Foley, Alabama will begin working on your case right away and gather facts and evidence to build your case. Monetary compensation will never be able to substitute what has been taken from you; however, it can help ease the strain of funeral costs, medical expenses and replace financial support that you would have received from your loved one.
What is Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death is a death brought about by the fault of another person or entity. The fault can be accidental or intentional, but it is distinct from murder in that wrongful death is a civil case, not a criminal case. It’s important to note, however, that someone can be subject to murder charges in criminal court and a wrongful death claim in civil court.
In most cases, wrongful deaths are caused by accidents. This can vary quite a bit as automobile accidents, defective products, medical malpractice and more can all warrant a wrongful death claim. Even fatal workplace injuries are common causes of wrongful death claims.
Who Can Sue?
A wrongful death claim can be filed by just about anyone who suffers due to the death. Most of the time, immediate family members are the ones who file the claim as they suffer the most typically. In other cases, people designated as life partners, putative spouses, and financial dependents can also sue for wrongful death.
Distant family members can also sue, but that’s typically only reserved for cases in which the distant family member is directly involved in the victim’s life like a grandparent raising a child who suffered a wrongful death.
Who Can be Sued?
The target of a wrongful death claim can vary quite a bit. If there was an automobile accident, the driver involved could be held responsible or even that driver’s employer if they were on a work call leading up to or during the accident. If a wrongful death occurred because of a faulty roadway, the designer could be held liable. Even a government agency who fails to provide adequate warning for hazards can be sued.
Wrongful deaths can be caused by faulty vehicles, and the manufacturers can be held responsible. However, most of the time wrongful deaths from car accidents are caused by drunk drivers. Not only can the driver be sued, but the person who supplied the alcohol and the owner of the premises serving the alcohol can be sued as well.
Types of Damages
When you’re suing for damages in a wrongful death case, there are three distinct types you can claim. The first is economic damages. This is meant to cover the costs of any funeral or medical expenses. It also serves to take the place of financial support the deceased would have provided had they been able to continue to work. Loss of pension and medical care is also covered here.
Non-economic damages are essentially compensation for emotional distress. The loss of companionship, love, guidance and more are covered by these damages. Punitive damages are designed specifically to punish the guilty party. This is typically more difficult to obtain, however, as you have to prove exceptionally bad conduct lead to the death.
Statute of Limitations
While there’s no statute of limitations for murder, there is one for wrongful death claims. In the state of Alabama, you have up to two years to file your claim after the date of death. Multiple factors can affect this, however, so it’s always best to contact an experienced wrongful death attorney who’s licensed to practice in Alabama as soon as possible.
When To Contact An Alabama Wrongful Death Attorney
If you’re loved one has suffered a fatal accident, call the Mobile law firm of Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys at 251-888-8888 or complete the form below for a free evaluation. Our professional and compassionate staff will gather some details about your wrongful death case and connect you with a lawyer.
While most fatal accidents are unintentional outcomes, we believe that the victims’ families deserve compensation for their losses and those whose irresponsible actions caused the death should be held accountable.
Wrongful death can result from many different causes, including:
- car crashes
- truck accidents
- motorcycle wrecks
- defective products
- medical malpractice
- injuries in the workplace
With over $40 million in successful settlements, our experienced team of wrongful death attorneys have the expertise to handle your personal injury claim and get you the financial support to help you recover from your loss.
Let Our Mobile Wrongful Death Lawyers Protect Your Rights
At Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys, we are committed to fighting for the legal rights and benefits of the families who are impacted by the wrongful death of a loved one. There is no greater tragedy than losing a family member in an accident that could have been prevented. When a wrongful death occurs, it is our firm belief that those left behind should be fairly compensated.
With convenient office locations in Foley, Daphne, and Mobile, Alabama, our personal injury law firm is proud to serve clients across the Gulf Coast region from Mississippi to the Florida panhandle. Our dedicated Alabama injury lawyers will do everything possible to help make ease your suffering during this difficult time by handling all the legal processes so you can focus on taking care of your family. When you have lost a close relative to a wrongful death accident, call Andy Citrin Injury Attorneys at 251-888-8888 immediately.
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