A wrongful death action occurs when a person’s death is caused by the negligence or wanton act of another. The State of Alabama has a unique law with regards to wrongful death actions, wherein, the person bringing the claim of wrongful death is only entitled to punitive damages. This means that you may ask the jury to award an amount sufficient to punish the plaintiff for the wrong doing, but you may not ask for compensation (compensatory damages) for loss of future earning, etc. The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim is generally two years from and after the death of the decedent. This means that you must file your claim this statutorily prescribed two (2) years or you will be barred from filing your claim. The most common types of wrongful death claims are the following:

  • Car Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Bicycle or Pedestrian Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Defective products
  • Workplace accidents
  • Medication Errors

Wrongful death claims are very involved, and an experienced attorney can help take the stress off you as well as make sure that the claim is handled properly and efficiently. Our attorneys understand the sensitive nature of these claims, and we will work hard to assist you in getting the compensation you need for your loss.