Wrongful Death Attorneys
Wrongful Death Lawyers in Alabama
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The loss of a family member can be an extremely painful experience and can be made even worse when a loved one died due to the negligence of another. Although nothing can replace your loss, obtaining some measure of justice can help can help in dealing with this extremely emotional and stressful time and punitive damages can sometimes act as a punishment or deterrent which might prevent future tragic incidents from occurring. These types of claims can be very complicated and are fought very hard by the insurance company due to their potential for large damages in a potential lawsuit. Do not let an insurance company’s attorneys treat you and your family in an unfair manner by letting our injury attorneys fight on your behalf. If you wish to speak with our Alabama wrongful death lawyers then give us a call today.
While the other 49 states provide for compensation to the family for the death of the deceased, Alabama law does not allow for compensatory damages. Instead of focusing on the value of the life, which is used to measure compensatory monetary damages, Alabama law is meant to reflect the enormity of the wrong committed by the defendant.
Wrongful Death Attorneys in Alabama
The purpose of these types of damages is to punish the defendant to provide a deterrent for other potential wrong-doers from doing the same thing. Generally, all wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of death and in order for your Birmingham injury lawyer to prove a wrongful death claim, the attorney must show that the negligent conduct was the proximate cause of the death.
A personal representative is the administrator or executor of the deceased person’s estate. This is the person that may get a lawyer to commence a wrongful death action, except in the case of a minor (where the parents can bring the suit) and in the case of a work-related death (where the dependents have standing to bring the claim). In Alabama, any damages are paid to the heirs of the deceased according to the laws of intestate succession (even if a will exists). When our wrongful death attorneys handle your deceased loved one’s claim, we will handle the entire claim for you and ensure that the insurance company does not avoid liability with their in house attorneys.
If you have lost a loved one as a result of a wrongful death then call our Alabama wrongful death lawyers for a free consultation with our personal injury attorney.