The death of a loved one is never easy to bear. It is even more difficult when the loss occurs due to the negligent action or inaction of a third party. The attorneys at Burns, Cunningham & Mackey, P.C. can guide you through the process of obtaining justice under these circumstances. While no amount of money can bring your loved one back, bringing a suit against the person who caused their death can help ease some of the financial burden you are now dealing with and provide needed closure.
Citizens of Alabama are protected by a state wrongful death statute that provides recourse for the family of a decedent (that is, the deceased person) to seek punitive damages against those responsible for the decedent’s death. A wrongful death lawyer at BCM will thoroughly investigate and pursue your claim to resolution. Call us today at 800-574-4332 to discuss the details of your case with a Mobile wrongful death attorney.
What Is Wrongful Death?
When an individual is killed as a result of the negligence of another person, the administrator of the decedent’s estate (generally a parent or other family member) may pursue wrongful death litigation. Representing the most egregious form of personal injury, wrongful death claims are civil cases; they do not assign criminal responsibility for the death of the decedent. In fact, wrongful death suits can proceed even without criminal charges being brought.
Instead, wrongful death suits attempt to determine liability and assign damages. The Alabama state wrongful death law is unique in its interpretation of what constitutes wrongful death and how individuals proceed in taking action in court concerning their loss. Under state law, a wrongful death is one caused by the “wrongful act, omission, or negligence” of another person.
Our state also doesn’t allow for compensatory damages to be awarded, such as those to cover medical bills, funeral costs and other expenses. Rather, Alabama state law only allows punitive damages to be awarded. These serve two purposes. One, they punish the offender for their wrongdoing. Two, punitive damages are intended to deter similar negligence by other people. Any recovery goes to the heirs of the decedent, not the decedent’s estate.
What Will an Alabama Wrongful Death Lawyer Provide?
Burns, Cunningham & Mackey, P.C., can provide a wrongful death lawyer to help you navigate the complex and sometimes intimidating civil justice system. A loved one’s death can be difficult on you and your family, and BCM will handle the case with the compassion and expertise it deserves. Your attorney will study all aspects of your case and provide skilled and zealous advocacy.
In Alabama, the statute of limitations on wrongful death cases is only two years. As such, time is not on your side. If you believe your loved one was killed due to someone else’s actions or negligence, reach out to our team of Mobile wrongful death attorneys today to discuss your legal options. Your initial consultation is free.
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