Alabama Wrongful Death Attorneys
Losing a loved one in a preventable accident is devastating. Whether the victim is a spouse, parent, child, or other family member, the last thing someone going through tragedy considers may be money. Although financial compensation cannot bring back a lost loved one, a wrongful death suit can provide a way to hold those responsible for your family member’s death legally accountable. The Union Springs and Montgomery wrongful death lawyers at Jinks, Crow & Dickson have helped many Alabama residents recover from the loss of a loved one, and are here to help you.
A Personal Injury Victim’s Family Can Take Legal Action
Alabama’s wrongful death statute gives the representative of the decedent’s estate the right to bring a lawsuit to recover damages for the decedent’s death. Do not worry if your loved one did not have a will; an estate can still be created and a representative appointed.
A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed in almost any situation where a person has died because of the careless or wrongful actions of some other person or entity. The possible events that could lead to this kind of lawsuit include car accidents, truck accidents, ATV accidents, physician or hospital negligence, dangerous prescription drugs, and defective products, just to name a few. Any situation where a person has died from other-than-natural causes may potentially give rise to a wrongful death lawsuit.
Because of the nature of the lawsuit, a wrongful death claim can be filed only after a person has actually died. If a personal injury lawsuit has been filed prior to the person’s death, and the person subsequently dies of his injuries, the lawsuit is not dismissed. An attorney can amend the suit to bring a wrongful death claim, regardless of the theory under which the original lawsuit was filed.
Most wrongful death lawsuits in Alabama must be brought within two years of the decedent’s death. There are exceedingly rare circumstances in which this time limit may be extended, but whether this is possible is a determination that an experienced attorney must make after fully investigating the case. If you are coping with the death of a loved one, it is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as practicable to avoid a potential wrongful death lawsuit being time-barred.
Alabama is unique in that plaintiffs who bring a wrongful death claim are entitled only to punitive damages. This is different than other states and even other types of lawsuits brought in Alabama, where plaintiffs can usually collect compensatory damages as well. Because of this fact, it is crucial that you hire an experienced attorney to handle your wrongful death claim.
Contact an Experienced Wrongful Death Lawyer
At Jinks, Crow & Dickson, we have the resources and experience to help you through trying times. We have offices in Union Springs and Montgomery, and take cases from all across Alabama. Let our Union Springs wrongful death attorneys, with more than 30 years of experience, listen to your story and discuss your options. If you have lost a loved one, call 334-738-4225 or contact us online to speak with an attorney at Jinks Crow & Dickson.