Nothing is more devastating than losing a loved one, but when the death is caused by another person’s careless or reckless actions, it only amplifies the grief and anger felt by the family. If you recently lost a family member due to the negligence of another, you are most likely seeking compensation and justice. A knowledgeable and compassionate Birmingham wrongful death lawyer from Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers, LLC can help you get that justice. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.
Wrongful death is loosely defined as any time a person loses their life due to the negligent or intentional act of another. Wrongful death can occur in a wide range of circumstances, including auto accidents, falls from heights, work accidents, and more. Our Jefferson County personal injury lawyers are dedicated to helping the families of wrongful death victims in pursuit of compensation and justice, and we stand ready to help you as well.
In Alabama, only the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate can file a wrongful death claim. This is usually someone who is appointed by the probate court or named in the deceased person’s will. The personal representative acts on behalf of the surviving family members who are entitled to inherit from the estate. These may include the spouse, children, parents, siblings, or other relatives of the deceased person.
The personal representative has two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death claim in Alabama. If they fail to file within this time limit, they may lose their right to sue and recover compensation.
To win a wrongful death claim, you’ll need to first satisfy the burden of proof. Put simply, this means you’ll need to prove your loved one lost their life as a direct result of another party’s careless or intentional act. This isn’t always easy, which is why it is imperative that you have a seasoned wrongful death lawyer in your corner who can help you gather and present evidence. Valuable types of evidence can include:
The amount and type of compensation you can recover from a wrongful death claim depend on the specific circumstances of your case. However, some of the common categories of damages you may be eligible for include:
No family should have to deal with the untimely and preventable death of a loved one on their own. We are here for you and your family. We are here to fight for justice. Contact Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers, LLC today to schedule your free case evaluation with our dedicated legal team.
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