Reno Wrongful Death Lawyer
When death is caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another, families of victims can file wrongful death claims. A wrongful death suit is a legal action that can hold responsible parties liable for their actions and allow victims to recover compensation for the financial and emotional damages they suffered. At Shook & Stone, our 85 years of combined experience have prepared us to handle wrongful death cases arising from a variety of situations, including car accidents, medical malpractice, motorcycle accidents and others. If you are looking to file a wrongful death claim, Shook & Stone has the experience, legal knowledge and personal dedication to help successfully resolve your case.
Who can file a wrongful death claim?
According to the Nevada Revises Statutes § 41.085, heirs and personal representatives can pursue legal actions against a liable party. Heirs, as defined under the statute, can be any person who is legally entitled to succeed the property of the deceased. Depending on the circumstances involved, this can be spouses, next of kin, immediate family members or anyone listed on a decedent's will.
Heirs and personal representatives will be filing these claims directly against the wrongdoer. In the event that the wrongdoer is also deceased, claims can be brought against their personal representatives. In premises liability cases, heirs and personal representatives can file claims against the business or company responsible for the wrongdoer's conduct at the time of the accident.
How is compensation awarded?
After liability has been determined, the court will award compensation in the following ways:
Heirs and personal representatives can recover any financial damages incurred as a result of their loved ones' death. This includes any medical expenses resulting from treatment before the decedent's death and funeral costs. A court will also evaluate the economic role a decedent had in supporting their family. Their income, age and life expectancy at the time of death will be taken into consideration when calculating the amount of compensation to be awarded for a family's loss of probable support.
Courts will also award compensation for the emotional damages suffered by a decedent and their loved ones. This includes grief or sorrow, loss of companionship, society, comfort and consortium and damages for the pain, suffering or disfigurement of the decedent.
If wrongful death was caused by a gross act of negligence or an illegal act, a court may also award punitive damages to further penalize wrongdoers. Drunk driving accidents, for example, typically award punitive damages.
Have you lost a loved one? Call Shook & Stone!
As wrongful death cases are a delicate matter, our attorneys make it a point to provide our genuine compassion and support to families forced to endure these legal headaches during their grieving process. In addition, our priority is to swiftly and successfully resolve your case so that you and your loved ones can more easily navigate through these unfortunate times. Disputes are also common in cases that involve large companies, businesses or medical malpractice, and our attorneys are prepared to fight aggressively and intelligently at trial to ensure that justice is served. With more than $100 million in compensation recovered for our clients since 1997, having Shook & Stone on your side can improve your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.