The wrongful death lawyers at Nevada Accident Injury Lawyers in Las Vegas work with clients throughout the state of Nevada. If, after reading this article, you have more questions, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation. We can assist you in gathering the necessary evidence, evaluating your situation, and advise you of the next steps that could be taken.
What is Considered a Wrongful Death Under Nevada Law?
Wrongful death is when your loved one’s death is caused by someone else’s negligence. Negligence means that someone violated the duty of care they had to their loved one.
If your loved one died due to someone else’s negligence you may be able to file a claim for wrongful death. When the claim is filed, the negligent party is financially responsible to pay the people who were harmed.
Wrongful death claims in Nevada are filed due to someone else’s negligence, but in some cases, your loved one’s wrongful death may have involved a crime. In the state of Nevada, wrongful death cases and criminal cases are handled separately.
You would be filing your Nevada wrongful death case in civil court while the state may bring criminal prosecution to a criminal court. The goal of your civil case is to receive monetary compensation for your loved one’s death. In a criminal case, the goal is to punish the suspect for a crime and doesn’t include economic compensation for the victims of that crime.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Nevada?
In most cases, the immediate family of the deceased has a right to file a wrongful death claim. It’s important to note that the family can only bring one claim against the responsible party. For example, eligible family members can include:
Spouse of the deceased
Parents of a deceased minor child
Adult parents if they were supported by the deceased child
Minor children of the deceased
Any other person who was receiving financial or physical support from the deceased at the time of their death.
Would Your Loved One Be Able to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit Had They Survived?
To determine if you may be able to file a claim for wrongful death, it’s important to determine whether the deceased would have been able to file a personal injury claim if they had lived. Wrongful death claims in Nevada involve deaths that occurred from many types of accidents such as:
Slip and Fall Accidents
If your loved one died as a result of any of the above accidents, you may be able to file a claim for wrongful death.
What Type of Compensation is Available in a Nevada Wrongful Death Claim?
If you are thinking about filing a claim for wrongful death in Nevada, you may be able to receive some or all of the following types of monetary compensation:
1. Medical Bills Before Death
This would include any medical expenses due to your loved one’s accident.
2. Loss of Wages
If your loved one was the main breadwinner of the family, these types of damages can assist you in paying the bills until you know how to manage your finances without that income.
3. Loss of Services
For example, if your loved one was a stay-at-home parent, this more than likely saved your family a lot of money in childcare expenses. Your loved one may have also taken care of things around the house such as lawn maintenance, etc.
4. Loss of Companionship
If your loved one was your spouse or parent and died in a wrongful death accident, no amount of money can give you back the guidance and/or companionship your deceased loved one provided. However, monetary compensation may make it possible for you and your family to live a better life after the loss.
Why You Need a Nevada Wrongful Death Lawyer?
If you lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, and believe you have a claim for wrongful death in Nevada, our attorneys can assist you by offering you support during this difficult time in your life. The wrongful death lawyers at Nevada Accident Injury Lawyers may be able to:
Increase the amount of monetary compensation you receive in your Nevada wrongful death claim.
Provide you with legal advice to maximize your compensation
Collect all necessary evidence to assist you in building a strong case.
Communicate with the insurance company so you do not have to relive your loved one’s death many times over.
Negotiate to achieve a fair settlement so you will not have to go to court, if possible
Appear in court and aggressively fight to ensure you receive all the fair compensation you and your family deserve.
In any wrongful death claim in Nevada, you will have to deal with an insurance company. The negligent party’s insurance company will be involved in any settlement negotiations. The process of dealing with the insurance companies can be rife with pitfalls, but a Nevada wrongful death lawyer at Nevada Accident Injury Lawyers can help you navigate this difficult time in your life.
The loss of your loved one as a result of wrongful death can end in physical, emotional, and financial stress on you and your family. The sooner you contact our office the better, and our attorneys will aggressively fight for your rights. The wrongful death lawyers at Nevada Accident Injury Lawyers may be able to help you and may be able to recover all the monetary compensation you and your family deserve.