Montgomery Wrongful Death Lawyer
Have you recently lost a loved one to fatal injuries someone else caused? A Montgomery wrongful death attorney can help you recover the compensation you need to continue supporting yourself and your family.
The death of a close family member is often unexpected and distressing, particularly when the death is caused by an accident no one was prepared for. During this difficult time, you may become burdened by funeral costs, hospital bills, and household expenses that your loved one previously handled. Without your loved one’s income, your family members may not know how they will stay financially secure.
If that describes your situation, get in touch with a Montgomery wrongful death lawyer today. We will examine your case to determine whether you are eligible to file a fatal injury claim and bring the person responsible for the passing of your relative to justice.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Suit in Alabama?
When you have lost a loved one, you are probably shocked and devastated. You certainly don’t need the added pressures of newfound financial insecurity weighing you down. Alabama is unique in that our state does not allow unauthorized family members to file wrongful death claims for their losses.
Instead, Alabama treats the deceased as if they were still living. If your relative had lived, he or she would be bringing forth a personal injury claim, and so only the authorized representative of the estate of the deceased will be able to file a wrongful death claim.
The decedent could have named virtually anyone in his or her will as the authority of his or her estate, but we typically see a spouse or close family member as the representative. Once the representative of the estate has filed the wrongful death claim, we will examine what damages the deceased would have had if he or she hadn’t passed away.
If you choose to work with a wrongful death lawyer in Montgomery, your attorney will be able to tell you whether you are legally able to bring a wrongful death claim against the person liable for your loved one’s fatal injuries.
If you are unable to file, we may also be able to get in touch with whoever the deceased named as the estate representative to see whether he or she is interested in pursuing wrongful death compensation.
What Do Wrongful Death Benefits Cover?
While other states usually allow for compensatory damages in wrongful death claims, Alabama does not. Instead, the only benefits that can be recovered are in the form of punitive damages. This is meant to ensure that the person responsible for the death of your family member is punished and does not make the same mistake again.
The amount of compensation you receive will depend on the conduct of the negligent person. Gross misconduct or malicious behavior will often see a greater award, while errors in judgement or unintended carelessness often carry a more subdued settlement.
Your Montgomery wrongful death claim lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation to determine how the defendant’s intentions and behaviors impacted the fatal injuries of the deceased.
Work with a Montgomery Wrongful Death Attorney
When you are grieving the loss of a loved one, you shouldn’t be burdened by money troubles. Let a qualified and experienced lawyer at the Henry Dailey Law Firm build your case while you spend your time with your family.
Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with a Montgomery wrongful death lawyer by giving us a call at 205-995-2412 or filling out the contact form below.