There is no tragedy that compares to losing a loved one – especially if the death was the result of another person’s negligence. In addition to the confusion and heartbreak, a wrongful death can put a family in financial jeopardy.
Fortunately, the state of Nevada has laws that protect the rights of those who lose a loved one due to negligence. In some cases, the victim’s family – and possibly other parties – can recover damages by filing a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the deceased.
Each state handles these matters differently, and if you intend to pursue compensation in a wrongful death claim, you must understand Nevada laws and how they relate to your case.
An experienced Las Vegas personal-injury lawyer from the Truman Law Firm P.C. can evaluate the circumstances surrounding the death and determine if you may be eligible for compensation. If so, attorney Ronald W. Truman can prepare your claim, handle negotiations and litigate your case if it goes to court. To schedule consultation, call our office today at 702-821-1821.
In the meantime, here is a brief explanation of how Nevada courts handle wrongful death claims:
Nevada Classification of Wrongful Death
According to Nevada Statutes, a wrongful death claim is a civil matter. In these cases, certain family members or representatives of the deceased can pursue damages from the negligent party who caused the death. The following people can file these lawsuits:
- A personal representative of the victim’s estate
- A surviving spouse, child or domestic partner
- The deceased person’s parents, if there is no surviving child or spouse
A wrongful death claim is essentially a personal-injury claim, but plaintiffs file the claim on behalf of the deceased individual. The damages that result from these cases can help family members pay for funeral arrangements, lost income and other expenses related to the death.
Wrongful Death Claim Time Limits
In Nevada, people who wish to file a wrongful death claim must do so within two years of the death. If you do not file within the allotted time period, the courts may dismiss the claim.
This is why family members should commence the claims process as soon as possible. This will provide adequate time to gather the necessary evidence and prepare the paperwork. An experienced personal-injury attorney can guide you through this process and help you avoid mistakes that could delay the proceedings or compromise your claim.
If you have lost a family member and would like to know if you may be entitled to damages, contact the Truman Law Firm P.C. With 25 years of experience practicing law, attorney Ronald W. Truman has the knowledge and resources to guide you through the claims process.
While no amount of money can bring back your loved one, the compensation that you may recover from the at-fault party could help pay for short- and long-term expenses – and it can prevent a similar accident from taking another life. To learn more, call the Truman Law Firm P.C. today at 702-821-1821 to schedule a consultation.