Nevada Wrongful Death Attorneys
The death of a loved one is hard to endure. When that death stems from the negligence or misconduct of another person, it only complicates an already difficult situation. With so much going on, and a finite amount of time to make decisions due to Nevada’s statute of limitations, knowing when to connect with a personal injury lawyer to handle your wrongful death claim can be the differentiating factor in whether or not you are fairly compensated for your loss.
A wrongful death claim is essentially a lawsuit brought on behalf of a deceased party, who, if he or she were alive, would be able to bring a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. Because wrongful death claims are civil lawsuits, they must be filed in court by the appropriate party.
In Nevada, only certain individuals can file a wrongful death claim. Usually the personal representative of the decedent’s estate, the deceased person’s surviving spouse, domestic partner, or children; or if there is no surviving spouse or children, the parents of the decedent may file a wrongful death claim.
Types of Wrongful Death Claims
The most common kinds of negligent acts that justify wrongful death claims, include:
- Car crashes where the other driver was negligent
- Accidents that take place on someone else’s property due to improper maintenance
- Accidents caused by an unsafe product that was defectively designed or manufactured
- Workplace accidents involving unsafe working conditions; an
- Medical malpractice on the part of a physician or surgeon
- Regardless of what type of negligent behavior or decision making caused your loved one’s untimely death, our wrongful death lawyers will work diligently to protect the interests of you and your family and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Wrongful Death Compensation
A wrongful death claim must be filed by the appropriate parties within two years of the date of the deceased person’s death. If a victim’s family can establish that another person or entity’s negligence was the cause of their loved one’s death, they may be able to obtain compensation for their financial losses. In a wrongful death claim, a victim’s family members may be able to recover for the following:
- Medical bills related to the deceased person’s final injury or illness
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost wages and loss of future income, including those that the deceased person could have earned in his or her remaining years
- Property damage incurred as a result of the events that caused the victim’s death
- Loss of benefits to surviving heirs
- The loss of companionship, comfort, and affection of the deceased individual
- The grief and sorrow of the surviving family members; an
- The pain and suffering or disfigurement suffered by the victim prior to his or her death
- In some cases, a jury may award a victim’s family punitive damages, which are not intended to compensate the deceased person’s relatives, but are a method of penalizing especially deplorable conduct. This includes conduct that was intentional or reckless.
Insurance companies take us seriously, knowing we prepare every case to be successful in court. Attorneys Mike Valiente and Tim Mott defended insurance companies before protecting accident victims and their families. Mike and Tim know firsthand the techniques insurance companies use to avoid compensating families who tragically lost loved ones in wrongful death accidents.
We offer a compassionate, yet aggressive approach to families who tragically lost loved ones in wrongful death accidents. We understand your life changed in an instant — our law firm will hold at-fault parties responsible and seek maximum compensation to protect your family’s future. If your loved one passes because of another’s negligence, please call the attorneys at Valiente Mott for a free consultation