Accountability for the Death of Your Loved One

It’s devastating to lose a loved one. If their death is the result of another person’s actions, it can be even more difficult to deal with. As the family of the victim, you may be able to be compensated for the loss of your loved one. While the grieving process may still be long and difficult, knowing that those responsible are held accountable – and that your family can continue on without worrying about lost finances – can allow healing to begin.

Getting an attorney on your side that is experienced with wrongful death cases in Las Vegas is important. You will want an attorney that is compassionate and understanding of your situation and can help guide you through the process. A difficult situation requires the right people to deal with it. We are the law firm that can help you in Las Vegas.

At Bighorn Law, our clients are like family. We will fight for your loved one and help make your family whole again.

Wrongful Death Attorney

What is a Wrongful Death Claim? 

A wrongful death claim happens when someone dies as a result of someone else’s intentional, reckless, or negligent act. If the person had survived, they would have been able to make a personal injury claim against the person or entity at fault. Since they did not survive, the family is able to file a wrongful death claim. 

Wrongful death claims are considered civil lawsuits and the compensation is monetary. Any criminal charges for the incident will be filed by a prosecutor. A wrongful death claim may be filed at the same time as a criminal case, as they have different outcomes. 

Some of the most common wrongful death claims result from the following: 

  • Car, motorcycle, or boating accidents, often when alcohol is a factor
  • Accidents that happen on someone’s property due to unsafe conditions
  • Accidents that happen due to product failure
  • Accidents that happen due to unsafe working conditions
  • Medical malpractice from a surgeon or physician

While the above are most common, a wrongful death claim can come from any type of negligent behavior that caused your loved one’s death. An experienced wrongful death attorney can look into your family’s situation and let you know what the best route would be. In many cases, families are entitled to significant compensation in a Nevada wrongful death lawsuit. 

At Bighorn Law, our clients are like family. We will fight for your loved one and help make your family whole again.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Nevada has specific rules on who can file a wrongful death claim. To find out if you have a case and can make a claim, get in touch with a Las Vegas wrongful death attorney. 

Individuals who can file a wrongful death claim in the state include: 

  • A spouse, domestic partner or child of the deceased
  • Parents of the deceased, if there is no spouse or child
  • A personal representative of the estate of the deceased

Given the complex nature of some wrongful death cases, there are a multitude of different people who could potentially be found liable in a case. Among some common legally responsible individuals in a wrongful death lawsuit are drivers in a car crash, someone who sold alcohol to an impaired driver, a manufacturer of a faulty piece of machinery, and many more. It is possible for multiple parties to be found liable in a wrongful death case. 

A wrongful death claim in Nevada must be filed within two years of the person’s death that is in question. If more than two years have gone by since the person’s death, the case will likely be refused. If you have questions on the timeline and what your options are, get in touch with a Nevada wrongful death attorney. 

What Damages Can be Claimed in a Nevada Wrongful Death Lawsuit? 

In terms of what can actually be filed for in a wrongful death claim, the damages typically fall into two categories: Compensatory and Punitive.

Compensatory damages are as the name suggests – they are to help compensate you and your family for costs incurred from the death of a loved one. This can include, but is not limited to: 

  • Earnings loss (current and future)
  • Burial and funeral costs
  • Medical expenses
  • Loss of benefits for surviving heirs
  • Pain and suffering

Punitive damages, on the other hand, are designed to hold the responsible party accountable for your loved one’s death. This includes compensation for the severe damage they have caused to your and your family’s life. When there is negligence, recklessness and intentional action that caused a death, it is common for the responsible parties to be named in a wrongful death claim seeking punitive damages. 

If you are unsure of the route you should go in terms of damages to seek, get a Las Vegas attorney involved that can help you through the entire process. 

A Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney that Will Work for You

Losing a loved one is already an incredibly difficult situation. When you factor in trying to make a wrongful death claim, it can be overwhelming. This is where the professionals at Bighorn Law can step in and help you through the entire process. Your life will no longer be the same without your loved one, and you need to be compensated for losses that have been incurred and will in the future. 

Bighorn Law has a wealth of experience in wrongful death cases, and will fight for you to get what your family deserves to keep your lives going. If you have a claim that you want to discuss, but don’t know the first step to take, or just need an attorney at any step in the process, get in touch with us. A call is risk-free, no-cost, and completely confidential. Get help today by calling 702-935-6209.

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