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Wrongful Death

Coping With A Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death Lawyers

Nothing can make up for the loss of a loved one. At Pursiano Barry Bruce Demetriades Simon LLP, our Las Vegas wrongful death attorneys understand how difficult this time is for a family. We will work tirelessly to hold the responsible parties accountable and ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.

If you have lost a loved one as a result of another person’s intentional, reckless, or negligent act, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death suit. In the State of Nevada, a wrongful death claim must be filed within two years of the deceased person’s death, so it is important to speak to a qualified wrongful death lawyer within that time frame. If the claim is not filed within this time period, the court will most likely refuse to hear the case.

Who Can File A Wrongful Death Suit?

In the State of Nevada, only certain individuals are legally permitted to file a wrongful death claim or file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a deceased loved one. Call our civil litigation law firm for more information about wrongful death in Nevada or to discuss your case.

In Nevada, only certain people are legally permitted to file a wrongful death claim. This includes:

  • The deceased person’s spouse, children, or domestic partner
  • A representative of the deceased person’s estate
  • The parents of the deceased person, if the deceased has no surviving spouse or child

Under Nevada law, certain individuals cannot file wrongful death suits, including:

  • Fiancés and fiancées
  • Stepchildren
  • Foster children
  • Unmarried partners
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Common Types Of Wrongful Death Suits

There are a wide range of different types of accidents which may result in a wrongful death lawsuit. Some of the most common types of wrongful death suits include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents in which the at-fault driver behaved recklessly or negligently;
  • Medical malpractice on the part of a medical professional;
  • Accidents caused by unsafe products;
  • Workplace accidents involving hazardous working conditions;
  • Accidents on someone else’s property that occur due to negligence or improper maintenance;
  • Death during a supervised activity.

If you have lost a loved one due to intentional, reckless, or negligent conduct of another individual, a personal injury attorney can work with you to determine whether you are eligible to file a wrongful death suit on behalf of the deceased.

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Types Of Damages

In a wrongful death claim, damages can be divided into two categories: special damages and punitive damages.

Special damages refer to compensation for concrete financial and emotional losses suffered by the deceased, their family, or their estate. Someone who has lost a family member to a preventable accident may receive damages to cover:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of benefits to surviving heirs
  • Lost wages and loss of future income
  • Medical bills
  • Pain and suffering

Punitive damages are designed to punish the at-fault party (or parties) for their role in the wrongful death, including negligence, intentional action (or inaction), and recklessness. An experienced Las Vegas personal injury attorney can help you determine the types of damages to which you are entitled. Contact a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer with our firm to discuss your case.

Filing A Wrongful Death Suit

Your Las Vegas wrongful death attorney can worth with you to determine the best party or parties against whom to file your suit. If the party responsible for the death was employed by a second party who was responsible for their conduct at the time the wrongful death occurred, that second party may also be included in the claim. Additional parties that may be included in a wrongful death claim include:

  • The owner of the bar at which the impaired driver was served
  • A person who sold, served, or gave alcohol to an impaired driver
  • The person who manufactured, sold, or installed a faulty car part
  • The designer of a dangerous road
  • The at-fault driver in an auto accident

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