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A wrongful death case is often filed when an individual is killed due to the negligence of another. Wrongful death suits can be filed against an individual or a corporation, and benefits are typically paid out to the victim’s closest relative such as a spouse, child, or parent.
The definition of wrongful death can vary somewhat depending on what state you are in. The language of the law is important because it dictates what type of claim can be filed and whether or not you can be a candidate for this type of lawsuit. Working with an experienced attorney can help you navigate this process so you can be certain you are moving forward correctly right from the very beginning.
In the state of Alabama, the wrongful death statute is highly unique in that the victim’s family can seek punitive damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish the wrongdoer and be a deterrent for a similar future crime. However moving forward with this type of case can be very difficult, making it extremely important that you have the right attorney by your side. The team at Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys understands this process and stands ready to help you succeed in this challenging environment.
Key Case Elements can Include:
In this type of case, it can be difficult to accurately determine a figure that represents adequate compensation. Most attorneys begin by considering the victim’s health and age at the time of their death. They then account for future training and project an estimated future earning based on those factors.
Another key consideration in a wrongful death suit is that most of these cases will move into a jury trail. The jury will decide the case and then determine the size of the damages award based on the evidence provided by both sides. Keep in mind that no matter what amount the jury comes back with, the court is able to adjust that amount based on a variety of factors.
If you have lost a loved one in a wrongful death situation and have questions, please call Alexader Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys today at 1-800-229-7989. We understand that you can never be fully compensated for losing someone you love, but you are entitled to an award based on the reality of the situation.