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Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney

When someone dies because of another person’s negligence, recklessness, or unlawful act, the law refers to it as “wrongful death.” The loss of life was wrongful in that reasonable care could have prevented it from happening. In these tragic situations, surviving family members may be able to recover for financial and non-economic damages that result from the death. These losses include burial and funeral costs, medical bills, and loss of the deceased person’s contributions to beneficiaries. If you believe you have a wrongful death claim in Las Vegas, you need to seek legal help. Come see our Las Vegas wrongful death attorneys at Claggett & Sykes Law Firm.

Why Choose Claggett & Sykes Law Firm?

Wrongful death laws vary greatly by state. If you lost a loved one to an accident resulting from negligence or recklessness of another individual or company, contact us for a free case evaluation. Our attorneys work tirelessly to uncover evidence and investigate accidents to help the victim’s family receive justice. Nothing will ever replace your loved one, but our experienced lawyers will work to seek compensation for your family’s long-term stability, so you can begin the healing process.

Choosing Claggett and Sykes to represent your family for a wrongful death suit will guarantee you receive the best professional help around. Our skilled attorneys are responsible for securing millions of dollars for victims in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Nevada law does not have a cap on allowed damages for wrongful death suits, involving all cases except medical malpractice.

The attorneys with our firm understand the intricacies of filing wrongful death claims and will ensure your case is properly represented in trial or settlement. Contact us as soon as possible so the best team can represent you. We will help your family begin the healing process and compassionately provide the legal representation you deserve.

Most Common Circumstances for Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Unfortunately, thousands of circumstances can lead to wrongful death suits. When a person, business, or other entity is negligent or responsible for a victim’s death, we can file wrongful death charges. If you are unsure about fault or negligence involving the death of your loved one, contact us immediately for a thorough case review. We can help ensure your family’s financial security in the years to come.

In Nevada, the most commonly reported wrongful death cases include:

  • Drunk or reckless driving

  • Medical malpractice

  • Defective products

  • Workplace injury leading to death

  • Premises liability or negligent construction

  • Nursing home or daycare abuse or neglect

When a loved one was in an accident leading to death, contact an experience wrongful death attorney for a case review. Filing a wrongful death suit is like filing a personal injury claim, except the injured victim is not available to file the claim. The victim’s immediate family will claim the compensation. No amount of money or compensation will bring back a loved one, but we will work with you toward a financially secure future.

Damages Available in Wrongful Death Claims

If a loved one dies in an accident involving neglect, recklessness, or the fault of another party, it is important that you call an experienced attorney to review the circumstances. In Nevada, there is a two-year statute of limitations for filing a claim after the victim’s death, so contact an attorney as soon as possible. Filing a wrongful death suit after the two-year mark significantly increases the odds a court will deny the case. Although grief consumes you, contacting us as soon as possible is pertinent to developing a compelling case.

In Nevada, there are two different wrongful death damage types available to the family of victims: special damages and penalties. Special damages include suffering and loss of the victim and his or her estate. Not all cases will include each type of compensation, so contact us directly for a specific review of your case. This type of compensation can include losses from:

  • Medical expenses prior to death

  • Funeral expenses

  • Property damage occurring during the accident

  • Lost wages and benefits over the course of the victim’s lifetime

  • Loss of companionship with spouses and children

If there is a criminal element involved with the wrongful death claim, the victim’s family may be able to collect punitive damages. Compensation of this type usually is awarded in cases involving illegal, negligent, or reckless behavior on the part of the defendant. Punitive damages are a civil remedy and are punishment for bad conduct resulting in a victim’s death.

Who Can File for Wrongful Death

A life cut short isn’t always grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. While still a tragedy, the death must have stemmed from someone else’s negligence or intent to harm to qualify as a wrongful death. It is possible to pursue a civil wrongful death claim at the same time as an ongoing criminal case for homicide. The criminal charge will punish the offender, while the civil suit will compensate surviving family members. In Nevada, only certain parties can file for the wrongful death of a loved one. These include:

  • Surviving spouse or domestic partner

  • Surviving adult children

  • Parents of the decedent, if no surviving spouse or children exist

  • A personal representative of the decedent’s estate

If an individual can demonstrate to the courts that he or she was dependent on the deceased person at the time of death, the courts may allow this person to file the claim. This includes siblings, stepparents, and children who are not related to the decedent. The plaintiff must file for wrongful death within two years of the date of death for the courts to hear the case. Speak with an attorney if you are in doubt about whether you have the elements of a wrongful death suit.

Is a Wrongful Death Suit Worthwhile?

After a traumatic death in the family, the last thing you may want to think about is the legal process of a civil lawsuit. Yet this action could be the best possible move for your family. We know a lawsuit won’t take back what happened or heal the hole in your family. It can, however, provide financial security for your family’s future. It can also hold responsible parties accountable for their mistakes or criminal actions. If your claim involves something like a defective product, it could change the way the manufacturer operates – potentially preventing similar deaths.

Speaking to an attorney can help you value your claim and learn whether it’s the right choice for your family. You may qualify for recovery of damages, such as loss of benefits to heirs, loss of companionship, loss of consortium, property damage, and mental anguish. The courts may also award punitive damages in the event of gross negligence or criminal actions – an extra amount of compensation meant to punish the defendant.

There is currently no damage cap on a wrongful death claim, unless it stems from medical malpractice. There is a medical malpractice (now called “professional negligence”) cap of $350,000 for non-economic damages. Contact our personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas for more information about your specific wrongful death claim in Las Vegas.