The Alabama wrongful death attorneys at Siniard, Timberlake & League, P.C., have over 75 years of combined experience guiding family members through the complexities of wrongful death lawsuits in, Huntsville, North Alabama and throughout the state. We recognize that this can be a difficult and emotional time, and we provide caring and comprehensive representation to help our clients protect their rights and obtain compensation for their loss. Let our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys lessen your burden, and fight for the recovery you deserve.Alabama Wrongful Death
In Alabama, wrongful death claims may be brought as a result of any wrongful act or omission and often result from incidents such as:
- Car wrecks
- Nursing home neglect
- Tractor trailer wrecks
- Product defects
- Medical malpractice
- Construction accidents
A wrongful death that occurs in Alabama is governed by the Alabama Wrongful Death statute. Under this statute, a wrongful death occurs where an individual has committed a “wrongful act, omission or negligence” that results in the death of another person. In order for the plaintiff to establish wrongful death, the defendant must have engaged in misconduct, or acted with carelessness, and such actions must have directly caused the death of the deceased.
Under Alabama law, damages in wrongful death lawsuits are punitive and imposed for the preservation of human life and to deter similar wrongful conduct. are generally brought for losses sustained by family members of the deceased or beneficiaries of the deceased’s estate. Although more than one heir may be entitled to compensation for the death of a family member, under Alabama law, only a personal representative of the deceased, or a custodial parent of a minor, may bring the actual lawsuit. An experienced wrongful death attorney can help you determine who this representative may be or how one can be appointed.Liability for Wrongful Death
In pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a deceased individual, family members or beneficiaries are only entitled to punitive damages under the Alabama Wrongful Death statute. Punitive damages are an award of compensation meant to punish the wrongdoer and deter him or her from committing other bad acts in the future. The Alabama Wrongful Death statute does not allow family members or beneficiaries to pursue claims compensating them for their loss, known as compensatory damages.
Additionally, a wrongful death lawsuit must be brought within two years of the death of the deceased.
These provisions of Alabama law can make it challenging to obtain a verdict in a wrongful death case. It is important to seek out a veteran attorney with extensive experience handling wrongful death lawsuits to assist you in pursuing such a claim.Dedicated Representation During This Difficult Time
If you have recently suffered the loss of a loved one as a result of another’s wrongful actions, the Alabama personal injury attorneys at Siniard, Timberlake & League, P.C., are here to assist you. Our experience and success with wrongful death lawsuits allows us to provide compassionate and dedicated legal assistance. We understand that it can be difficult to consider the prospect of a legal battle after a traumatic event, but our qualified attorneys will work to help you successfully navigate this process. Call (256) 536-0770 or (800) 804-2502 for a free confidential consultation, or contact us online.