The only tragedy greater than a loved one being taken from us prematurely is when such a loss could have been prevented. If you have recently lost a family member because of the misconduct or negligence of another person or party, we urge to schedule a consultation with an experienced Alabama wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. Alabama’s laws surrounding wrongful death suits are unlike those of any other state. In Alabama, damages awarded in wrongful death suits are neither intended to address expenses related to the loss, such as funeral expenses or hospital bills, nor meant to be used to mitigate the pain and suffering associated with the death. Rather, juries award damages in Alabama wrongful death suits only as a deterrent in order to persuade the defendant and others from engaging in similarly reckless behavior in the future. Make an appointment with us to learn more about your legal options following the premature loss of a family member. If you are successful, you may be able to prevent another family from facing such a tragedy in the future.
Alabama Wrongful Death Attorney
It is not unusual for the defendant in a wrongful death suit to also be simultaneously facing criminal charges related to the incident. You should not expect that the criminal conviction of the defendant will necessarily guarantee that your civil suit against them will also be successful. At The Dodd Law Office, we can tell you more about the rules and regulations surrounding civil cases in Alabama and what you can expect during the litigation process. There are also strict laws in Alabama governing who can file a wrongful death suit following a loss and how long they have to do so. Generally, a plaintiff will have to demonstrate that they depended emotionally or financially on the decedent in order to file a suit and is required to initiate litigation within two years of the death concerned. Also, the damages awarded in wrongful death cases in Alabama do not become part of the deceased’s estate; instead, they pass directly to the beneficiaries.
Schedule a consultation with us today to find out more about Alabama’s wrongful death statute and how to get started on your suit. We understand the challenges of such a difficult time and are dedicated to providing compassionate legal service to help you face them.