Henderson Wrongful Death Attorney

Losing someone close to you always leaves a gaping hole in your life, whether it’s a spouse, a child, or a parent. Filing a wrongful death claim against the party that caused their death will not bring back your loved one, but it can provide some of the funds you need to help rebuild your life, especially if the deceased individual provided the primary source of income for your household. If you lost a loved one in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact us today at (702) 382-9797.

Benson & Bingham’s Past Wrongful Death Case Results

Benson & Bingham Wrongful Death Attorneys HendersonWhen you choose a wrongful death attorney, you want one with extensive experience in a variety of personal injury cases. At Benson & Bingham, we have helped many of our clients seek substantial compensation from the responsible party in their accidents, including many wrongful death cases. Take a look at our past results:

  • $2.9 million to a family in a wrongful death claim
  • $425 thousand after a wrongful death in a parking lot
  • $300 thousand—the maximum of the policy—in a wrongful death claim

Having an attorney on your side can help you achieve your goals and seek the compensation you deserve after the death of a loved one. An attorney can provide you with valuable advice about how much compensation you should receive for the loss of your loved one, when to accept a settlement offer, and when to keep fighting for the compensation you deserve. Many of our clients have found that when they work with us, we can substantially increase the compensation they receive for the loss of a loved one.

Do You Have Grounds for a Wrongful Death Claim?

Following the death of a loved one, you have many things to deal with and many bills to pay. Do you have grounds for a wrongful death claim? Several elements come into play to determine who can file a wrongful death claim.

The Responsible Party in the Accident

Many kinds of accidents can lead to wrongful death claims, including:

  • Construction accidents
  • Auto accidents, including pedestrian accidents and accidents with cyclists
  • Animal attacks
  • Medical malpractice
  • Nursing home abuse or neglect
  • Boating accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents and other premises liability accidents
  • Product liability accidents

Typically, if your loved one would have had grounds for a personal injury claim had they lived, their surviving loved ones have grounds for a claim after their death. If your loved one caused the accident, on the other hand, you may not have grounds for a claim. For example, if your loved one caused an auto accident, you cannot file a claim with the other party’s insurance company, even if that individual survived the accident.

Your Relationship to the Deceased

To file a wrongful death claim, you must have a close relationship to the deceased. Generally, the people who file wrongful death claims include spouses, children, or the parents of an adult child who relied on that child for financial or physical support. In some cases, other individuals who relied financially on the deceased may also have grounds for a wrongful death claim; however, the more distant the relationship, the more difficult your family will find it to file a wrongful death claim. You can only file one wrongful death claim per deceased individual, even if the deceased bore financial responsibility for a wide range of people. Ideally, the individual with the closest relationship to the deceased should file the claim.

What Compensation Can You Claim When You Lose a Loved One?

The compensation you receive for the loss of a loved one will vary. However, most people who file a wrongful death claim include:

  • Your loved one’s pain and suffering. Did your loved one die instantly, or did your loved one suffer? The so-called survival claim covers your loved one’s pain and suffering before their death. Spinal cord injuries, amputations, and organ trauma, for example, could cause substantial pain and suffering before claiming your loved one’s life.
  • Medical expenses. If your loved one did not die immediately, you may have a stack of medical bills related to the accident. You can claim compensation for those medical bills, including in-home care or ongoing hospitalization after the accident.
  • Loss of your loved one’s income. Did your loved one provide the primary income for your family? What about financial support to parents or other family members? You can include that income as part of your wrongful death claim.
  • Loss of the loved one’s services. In addition to financial support, most individuals take care of many things around the home. A husband might take care of yard maintenance or cooking, while the wife might take responsibility for taking care of the children. The loss of those services can place a substantial financial burden on surviving family members: for example, the average cost of childcare per month sits at just under $1000. In many cases, you must now pay for those services, which you can include as part of a wrongful death claim.
  • Loss of companionship. When you lose a loved one, you also lose their companionship and support. As part of your claim, you can include loss of support and guidance for minor children, loss of emotional support and companionship, and even loss of consortium. Talk with a lawyer to better understand how loss of companionship can impact your claim.

Do You Need an Attorney for a Wrongful Death Claim?

If you lost a loved one due to another party’s negligence, you may need an attorney to fight on your behalf. At Benson & Bingham, we will start with a free consultation to get a better idea of your loved one’s accident and your claim. We understand that funds may be tight after the death of a loved one, so we offer convenient payment arrangements that will help you seek the compensation you deserve. Contact Benson & Bingham today at (702) 382-9797 to start the process of seeking compensation for your loss.

Benson & Bingham (Henderson Office)
9230 S Eastern Ave #155
Las Vegas, NV 89123
Phone:702-463-2900

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