Nevada Wrongful Death Lawyer

Losing a loved one often changes your life forever. Not only do you lose that person’s companionship and presence, but also you lose the contribution that he or she made to the entire family: a breadwinner’s income, a daughter or son who cared for an elderly parent, or a spouse who took care of the maintenance around the house. While seeking compensation cannot bring your loved one back, it can provide you with the funds that you need to replace those tasks and services in your life. Do you need help seeking compensation after a wrongful death? Contact Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC today at (702) 382-9797 to schedule your free consultation.

Choosing the Right Nevada Wrongful Death Lawyer

When you choose a wrongful death lawyer, you should consider several key components that may impact your claim’s success. First and foremost, you want a lawyer that gets results. At Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, we have a history of successfully resolving personal injury claims for our past clients, and we bring that experience to all of our future cases. Have you seen our results? Here we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients, including a $2.9 million judgment in one wrongful death case in 2012 for on of our victim’s families.

At Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, we provide quality, dedicated service to all of our clients, going the extra mile to fight for the resolution that they need for their claims.

Do You Have Grounds for a Wrongful Death Claim?

If you lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you’re probably wondering if you’re eligible to file a wrongful death claim . Working with a lawyer can help you more effectively determine whether you have grounds for a wrongful death claim; however, you should also consider the following questions:

What relationship did you have with the deceased?

Generally, immediate family members of the deceased have the right to file a wrongful death claim. The family can only bring one claim against the responsible entity. Eligible immediate family members may include:

  • The spouse of the deceased
  • The parent(s) of a deceased minor child
  • Adult parents supported by a deceased adult child
  • Minor children of the deceased
  • Other individuals who are receiving financial or physical support from the deceased at the time of his or her death

Had the deceased individual lived, would he or she have had grounds to file a personal injury claim?

To determine whether you’re eligible to file a wrongful death claim, consider whether the deceased individual could have filed a personal injury claim had he or she lived. If the answer to that question is yes, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims involve deaths that stem from a variety of accident scenarios, including:

  • Auto accidents
  • Tractor trailer accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Product liability
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim: What Does It Look Like?

If you’ve never filed a wrongful death claim before, you likely aren’t very familiar with the complex legal process involved. At Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, we walk our clients through the claim process to ensure that they understand every step along the way. Understanding this process can make it easier for you to navigate the claims process.

Understanding How Much Compensation to Seek

When seeking compensation for a wrongful death, you cannot guarantee what an insurance company will offer. However, many people include common types of compensation in their wrongful death claims, including the following:

  • Medical bills for the deceased prior to his or her death. This includes any medical costs that occurred due to the accident.
  • Loss of the deceased’s wages. If the deceased provided most of the financial support for your family, this can help you cover the bills until you’ve figured out how to manage your financial responsibilities without that income.
  • Loss of services provided by the deceased. A stay-at-home parent who took care of all childcare for your family, for example, likely saved your family a substantial amount on daycare bills. A parent who stayed at home may also have taken care of responsibilities like house cleaning or yard maintenance, which may cost a substantial amount to hire out.
  • Loss of companionship/guidance. When a parent or spouse dies in a wrongful death accident, financial compensation cannot return the companionship or guidance that they would have provided. Compensation can, however, make it possible for survivors to build a better life for themselves in spite of the loss.

How Insurance Companies Fight Wrongful Death Claims

Unfortunately, insurance companies often fight wrongful death claims in an effort to reduce the amount that they have to pay out. To avoid paying a high settlement amount, an insurance company may:

  • Provide you with a low settlement offer immediately after your loved one’s death, which does not reflect the full amount of the costs you’ve incurred from your loved one’s death.
  • Attempt to negotiate with the family member most likely to accept a low compensation offer.
  • Attempt to prove that your loved one caused his or her own death through negligence or recklessness, rather than accepting responsibility for the actual at-fault party.

Does a Lawyer Really Help?

If you lost your loved one in a wrongful death accident, you may wonder how a lawyer can really help. Is a lawyer worth the cost? Many surviving family members find that a lawyer offers significant support throughout the process. At Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, we:

  • Often increase the compensation our clients receive in wrongful death claims
  • Provide valuable legal advice that can help maximize compensation
  • Collect evidence on behalf of our clients to help prove their claim
  • Communicate with the insurance company on behalf of many families, freeing up their time and preventing them from having to relive their loved one’s death on a regular basis
  • Negotiate to help keep our clients’ claims out of court, if possible
  • Fight for compensation for our clients in court, if necessary

Do You Need a Nevada Wrongful Death Attorney?

If you need a wrongful death attorney in Nevada, we can help. Contact Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC online today or by calling (702) 382-9797 to schedule your free consultation and learn more about our legal services.

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