Alabama Wrongful Death Lawyers
Compassionate representation for those who have lost loved ones because of negligence
After the tragic loss of a loved one in an accident, filing a lawsuit is likely the furthest thing from your mind. When you are grieving the loss of someone so integral to your life, the rest of the world may fade away for a time. But if you can think of all that your loved one contributed to your life and your family's life, and how tremendous their loss feels, you begin to understand how important pursuing compensation for your losses from the parties responsible for your loved one is.
The good news is that you do not have to worry about a thing. A compassionate Alabama wrongful death lawyer from Mezrano Law Firm will gladly take on the legal burden of proving that the negligence of the at-fault party caused your loved one's death. This allows you to focus on tending to your emotional needs and those of your family as you move through the process of grieving your loss. You are welcome to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case today.
What is wrongful death?
Alabama law defines wrongful death as a death caused by a "wrongful act, omission or negligence." A wrongful death case is a civil action which a personal representative (who can be a family member) of the deceased as a separate matter from whatever criminal charges the defendant may also face. So, even if the party at fault in causing the death is tried and acquitted of a crime, they can still face a wrongful death claim. In a wrongful death claim, the personal representative seeks the compensation that the deceased would have sought (had they not died) for a personal injury on their behalf. AL Code § 6-5-410 (2017)
There is a two-year statute of limitations (which is the time limit for taking legal action) from the date of death for filing a wrongful death claim in Alabama.
Fatal accidents caused by negligence
Any kind of accident that could cause an injury could potentially cause wrongful death such as:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Slip and fall
- Workplace injury
- Construction accident
- Bicycle or pedestrian accident
- Defective product injury
What damages are available in a wrongful death claim?
In Alabama wrongful death cases, the only damages available are punitive damages. In some states, the relatives of the deceased can recover compensation for the loss of the loved one's financial contribution to the household, for their services as a spouse, and a parent. However, Alabama only allows for punitive damages, which are designed to punish the person who caused the death and serve as a deterrent to similar actions by others. The punitive damages in a wrongful death claim are paid to the heirs of the decedent, not to the estate.
Do I have to hire a wrongful death lawyer to pursue my claim?
While you are never required to hire a lawyer to file a wrongful death claim, here's how you and your family will benefit from having the services of an experienced wrongful death attorney. Navigating the legal process of knowing what documents to file, where to file them, how to gather the right evidence and prepare a compelling case. If the case ends up in court, you will benefit from the services of a wrongful death lawyer who will represent you well and fight for the compensation that you and your family deserve.
Coping with the loss of a loved one can be one of the most trying times of your life. When your family member’s death was caused by another party’s negligence, recklessness or criminal behavior it seems to make the grieving process worse because it was completely preventable. Through filing a wrongful death lawsuit, you and your loved ones can receive the closure and financial compensation to which you are entitled. Our compassionate Alabama wrongful death lawyers strive to create the best results possible for you and your family.
You can rely on Alabama’s trusted personal injury team for your wrongful death claim
If you have lost a loved one in an accident that was caused by someone else's negligence, the compassionate Alabama wrongful death attorneys at Mezrano Law Firm are here for you. When you are facing the grief that comes as a result of a loss, we can help by making sure that you recover all the compensation that is due to you and your family. We represent clients throughout the state with offices in Birmingham, Mobile, Florence, Gadsden, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa. You may schedule your free consultation to discuss your case with a skilled Alabama personal injury lawyer by calling 205-206-6300 or filling out our contact form.
If you have a case, you have a lawyer. Call us today to learn more.