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Legal Representation for Wrongful Death Cases in Alabama

Coping with the loss of a loved one can be one of the most trying times of your life. When your family member's death was caused by another party's negligence or wrongdoing, the grieving process only intensifies. In these instances, you may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit and receive the closure and financial compensation to which you and your family are entitled.

How Wrongful Deaths Occur

By definition, a wrongful death is when a person is killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another party. Those who were dependent upon, or a beneficiary of, may be entitled to monetary damages.
While states across America have passed wrongful death statutes in order to compel manufacturing companies, hospitals and doctors to act carefully in their professional responsibilities, wrongful deaths do occur in situations such as:
  • Emergency room medical malpractice – Wrongful death lawsuits can stem from hospital workers’ negligence in the emergency room, such as performing surgical errors, misdiagnosing a health condition or prematurely discharging a patient.
  • Anesthesia malpractice – An anesthesiologist fails in their professional responsibilities and administers a fatal anesthetic dosage.
  • Vehicle accidents – Automobile companies may be held responsible for defective products in their automobile, while trucking companies may be held accountable for truck accidents if their employee breaks trucking regulations.

Compensation for Wrongful Death

Each state allows the heirs of a family to file a wrongful death lawsuit in the event of another party's negligence causing the death of a loved one. Factors that courts consider when determining the amount of compensation one may receive include:
  • The amount of money earned by the deceased
  • Loss of companionship
  • The savings of the deceased
  • The degree to which survivors were financially dependent upon the deceased
  • Expenses incurred by survivors for medical and funeral costs
While no amount of financial payment can ever compensate for the loss of a loved one, being financially secure in your future and the comfort of responsible parties being brought to justice can provide a sense of closure and security to survivors.
The laws involved in wrongful death lawsuits are complicated and vary in each state. During your grieving period, consideration of a wrongful death lawsuit may not seem urgent. Wrongful death cases must be filed within a specific timeframe, however, or you risk losing your right to financial compensation.
You need the help of experienced attorneys to guide you through the process and help you to receive the monetary damages to which you are entitled. Please contact Phillip G. Wedgworth to discuss your case today.
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