"Wrongful death" is a death caused by the misconduct of another person or entity. A wrongful death claim can be brought as a civil lawsuit, usually by the victim’s close relatives. To have a civil claim for wrongful death, the claimant must prove, in whole or in part, that the death was more likely than not caused by the misconduct or negligence of another; despite whether that person intended to kill the victim or not. By law, survivors of the deceased victim may seek money damages for a wrongful death. In Alabama, damages sought for wrongful death are punitive in nature.
The Defendant must have acted negligently or wantonly for the victim’s survivors to recover. That accidental or reckless conduct can be anything from an intentional act to one of mere negligence. The act can be carried out by an individual person or a corporation, such as a drug company or an over-the-road trucker.
We manage all aspects of your wrongful death claim. A wrongful death lawsuit involves an initial investigation, discovery, research, expert consultation, mediation and trial when the parties cannot reach a settlement. Because the deadline to file a wrongful death claim under Alabama law is two years from the time of death, it is important to investigate and file the case as soon as possible. Our lawyers are committed to achieving justice against those who have caused the untimely death of a loved one.
To find out if you can recover for losses related to your loved one’s death, contact the Alabama wrongful death lawyers at Taylor & Taylor toll free, 800-379-5500.