Auburn Wrongful Death Lawyer
When you lose a loved one to the careless or negligent actions of another, you deserve peace and justice. A wrongful death lawyer in Auburn can help you achieve that by holding the at-fault party accountable.
When a loved one passes away, the pain and distress you feel can be unbearable. But, what if you learned that their death could have been prevented, had it not been for the careless or negligent actions of another?
You owe it to your loved one to hold the person or persons who harmed them accountable. How? By filing a wrongful death claim with the help of a lawyer from the Henry Dailey Law Firm. Although nothing can bring back your family member, you might be able to seek a form of justice through monetary compensation, which can ensure your family is not left financially unstable.
Who Can File?
Unlike most car accidents and personal injury suits, wrongful death claims are complex because the injured party is no longer able to file a claim. In most states, the family members of the deceased are eligible to file a claim on behalf of their lost loved one.
However, Alabama only allows a personal representative of the estate to file a wrongful death claim. That means that, though you may be a close loved one to the deceased, you’ll only be able to file if you’re also named the personal representative of their estate.
Additionally, the compensation received for the wrongful death claim will not be split among the family members. In Alabama, compensation for a fatal injury claim will be awarded to the estate, rather than family members.
If you’re unsure whether you should be named personal representative, reach out to your Auburn lawyer.
Compensation for Alabama Wrongful Deaths
When a family member dies, you aren’t just dealing with grief and loss. You’re likely also juggling final medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, as well as reduced income, if the deceased was supporting you.
Because compensatory damages must go to the estate, rather than the family, it’s well-advised to enlist the help of an experienced wrongful death attorney to explain how you can recover some of your damages after the untimely death.
In some cases, the judge will award punitive damages in a wrongful death claim. Punitive damages aren’t meant to compensate you. Instead, they’re meant to punish the wrongdoer for the damages they caused. These damages are awarded for those who suffered because of extreme negligence or malice, so speak with your attorney about whether your claim could qualify for punitive damages.
Seek an Auburn Wrongful Death Lawyer
When a loved one suffers and passes away because of another person’s carelessness, you and your family need and deserve closure. That closure can come in the form of justice by filing a wrongful death claim for the losses and damages your family has endured.
Your family might need help fighting back with the help of a lawyer from the Henry Dailey Law Firm. Starting with a free claim consultation, we’ll review your unique situation and help you seek justice for your lost loved one.
To get started, contact an Auburn wrongful death lawyer from our firm. We can be found by calling 205-995-2412 or by completing the following online form.