Wrongful Death

Las Vegas Wrongful Death Lawyer

At Shook & Stone, we understand that there are few experiences more devastating than the loss of a family member or a loved one. While death and the grieving process are an unfortunate part of the human experience, the untimely passing of a person due to another party's negligence can greatly escalate the emotional turbulence involved. If the death of your family member or loved one was caused by a wrongful act, you may be eligible to receive compensation by filing a wrongful death claim. Get in touch with a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer at our firm for legal counsel regarding your case.

What is a wrongful death claim?

Similar to a personal injury claim, a wrongful death claim can be filed when the death of a person was caused directly by the negligence of another. Be it a car accident, medical malpractice, or a situation involving premises liability, any case involving wrongful death hinges on proving negligence beyond a reasonable doubt. The attorneys at Shook & Stone have more than 85 years of combined experience and have helped the families of victims receive compensation for the damages they endured.

Wrongful death claims were created to protect the rights and well-being of a victim's family. According to the Nevada Revised Statutes §41.085, heirs and personal representatives of the deceased may pursue legal actions to recover compensation from the party responsible for the victim's death. If the person who is liable for the victim's death is deceased, then legal actions can be brought against the wrongdoer's personal representatives or against any other parties involved.

How is compensation awarded?

During the wrongful death legal process, heirs and personal representatives of the victim's relatives can pursue compensation in three categories: economic compensation, non-economic compensation, and punitive damages.

Economic Compensation
As established by the NRS §41.085(a), economic compensation can include any medical expenses the victim incurred before his or her death, as well as funeral expenses and the lost wages and probable future financial support.

Non-Economic Compensation
The court will also award relatives and loved ones monetary compensation for the emotional damages they suffered. While suffering is nearly impossible to equate in dollar amounts, monetary damage awards can help alleviate the financial strains that a wrongful death can create for surviving relatives. Damages can be awarded for relatives' loss of companionship, society, comfort, and consortium; their grief or sorrow; and damages for the pain, suffering, or disfigurement of the decedent.

Punitive Damages
Depending on the circumstances involved, punitive damages may also be awarded to further punish gross acts of negligence and wrongdoing. The penalties and punitive damages that a decedent would have recovered if they had survived are awarded to heirs and family members.

While our ultimate goal at Shook & Stone is to achieve justice on behalf of the victim's family, we are not blind to the extenuating financial burdens that wrongful deaths can create on living relatives and loved ones. All too often, families are forced to handle their grief and financial worries simultaneously. The untimely death of a family's breadwinner can eliminate their main source of income and can cause additional stress during an already difficult time.

Legal Representation for Families of Victims

A large part of our practice at Shook & Stone revolves around making ourselves easily accessible, available, and supportive for clients who are dealing with some of the most difficult experiences life has to offer. Since day one, we have made it a point to provide our genuine compassion, patience, and understanding to victims and their relatives and will continue to focus on the well-being of all of our clients. Our record of success and our solid reputation are enough to highlight our ample experience and legal knowledge, but we know our client-centric and friendly atmosphere makes the biggest difference.

By allowing a Nevada wrongful death attorney from our firm to handle the impersonal legal procedures involved in wrongful death claims, your family can focus on finding stability during these tough times. You can be confident that our legal team will fight tirelessly on your behalf to bring your case to a successful conclusion and to get you the justice and compensation you deserve.

With more than $500 million recovered for our clients since 1997, Shook & Stone has proved that it is here to help. Contact our firm today for a free case evaluation.

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