Mobile Wrongful Death Lawyer
Have you lost a loved one in a terrible accident? Contact a Mobile wrongful death attorney for help seeking compensation for the suffering you’re being forced to endure.
The death of a close family member is one of the most difficult things a family can experience. If your relative was supporting your family, you could be dealing with the shock of his or her passing in addition to a sudden financial crisis.
You shouldn’t have to pay for the damages caused by an irresponsible individual when you’re in mourning. Speak with a Mobile wrongful death lawyer at the Henry Dailey Law Firm today if you’re ready to begin picking up the pieces of your life.
Fatal Accidents in Mobile
Any incident, if it’s serious enough, can result in injuries so severe that they lead to death. Some of the accident types the Mobile wrongful death claim lawyers at our firm handle on a regular basis include motor vehicle accidents and construction or other work accidents.
In a motor vehicle collision, a truck, car, bus, pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcyclist crashes into another motor vehicle or sometimes even highway medians, street lights, or electrical poles. These types of accidents can cause traumatic brain injuries, internal bleeding, organ damage, and death.
Work or construction incidents have some of the highest rates of death among all accident types. The construction industry, in particular, is a hazardous work environment that comes with falling objects, the risk of falling from an elevated height, exposure to toxic substances, and an increased likelihood of being crushed or involved in an explosion.
What Do Wrongful Death Benefits Cover?
In most states, when you sue the person responsible for a loved one’s death, you sue for medical expenses, loss of income, and loss of future income (including retirement and bonuses). Essentially, your wrongful death claim is treated as a personal injury claim filed on behalf of the deceased. However, in Alabama, we are only able to sue for punitive damages in Mobile wrongful death claims.
This will allow the courts to put more of a focus on the negligence of the wrongdoers and to punish them for their conduct. Under this system, you may be able to obtain a more substantial compensation award than you would have been able to receive if your benefits were based on the actual damages of the deceased.
This is because punitive damages are designed to make an example of the defendant and hopefully ensure a similar situation doesn’t cause the death of another individual. If we are successful in your Mobile wrongful death claim, you can use the compensation you receive to take care of your family and any other expenses you’ve become responsible for after the loss of your relative.
Qualifying for Compensation in a Mobile Wrongful Death Claim
Also unlike most states, Alabama is unique in who the courts allow to pursue wrongful death claims. In most states, close family members like spouses, children of the deceased, and parents who relied on the decedent for financial support are able to file a claim.
In Alabama, you are only allowed to pursue a Mobile wrongful death claim if you are the designated representative of the deceased’s estate. While this could be the spouse, child, or parent of the person who has passed, it could also be an entirely different family member, such as a cousin or sibling.
In addition, the representative of the estate could be someone completely unrelated to the decedent. Nevertheless, the ability to file a wrongful death claim will be limited to the person the deceased chose to represent his or her assets.
If you are not the representative of the estate of the deceased, we can work with you to get in touch with the person who is responsible for your loved one’s holdings and see if he or she is willing to work with you to file a wrongful death claim in Mobile.
Get in Touch with a Mobile Wrongful Death Attorney
While Alabama courts are distinct from other states in both who they allow to pursue wrongful death claims and what damages they allow to be recovered, it is possible to successfully file a suit against the person who is responsible for forever altering your life.
At the Henry Dailey Law Firm, our goal is to allow you the opportunity to grieve the loss of your loved one without the burdens of financial worry.
If you are interested in seeing what your options are in terms of obtaining compensation, call us at 205-995-2412 or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with a Mobile wrongful death lawyer.