A wrongful death action is defined as a death caused by the negligence or wanton act of another. The State of Alabama has a unique law with regards to wrongful death actions. In Alabama, the person bringing the claim 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. However, you may not ask for compensation for loss of future earning, etc. The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim is generally two years from the date of the death. Therefore, you must file your claim within the statutorily prescribed two years. Otherwise, you will be barred from filing your claim.
The most common types of wrongful death claims are:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Bicycle or Pedestrian Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Defective products
- Workplace accidents
- Medication Errors
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is a difficult, emotional, and stressful time. There are a lot of things happening that take time to understand and process. Having an experienced attorney can help take some of that stress off you, as well as make sure that your 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.