Nevada Wrongful Death Lawyer
The sudden death of a loved causes significant emotional trauma for many family members, and it can be even more difficult for families when a loved one’s death is the result of another party’s negligence. In many cases, the unexpected death also creates several financial hardships for family members because of the loss of income.
Families can be forgiven for not immediately making legal action a priority after a loved one has been killed, but it is still important not to delay too long. Nevada places a two-year statute of limitations or time limit on wrongful death claims, meaning courts in this state will refuse to hear any actions filed after the statute of limitations has expired.
Need an Injury Lawyer Nevada represents families in Sparks, Carson City, Elko, Boulder City, Mesquite, Las Vegas, Reno, Henderson, North Las Vegas, and many other surrounding areas of Nevada. Our firm can handle all of the necessary paperwork and court appearances so your family can take all the time it needs to grieve.
Wrongful Death Laws in Nevada
Nevada Revised Statute § 41.085 establishes that the heirs of the decedent and the personal representatives of the decedent are allowed to file actions against the person who caused the wrongful death of another person. Under this statute, victims can be entitled to damages for special damages, the state’s term for the calculable losses that are commonly referred to as economic damages.
Nevada Revised Statute §41.085 specifically prohibits damages for pain, suffering, or disfigurement of the decedent. In certain cases, however, plaintiffs may also be entitled to punitive damages.
Punitive damages, also known as exemplary damages, are not awarded so much to compensate victims as they are intended to punish defendants for particularly egregious or reckless conduct. When a defendant is ordered to pay punitive damages, the court usually authorizes the award in hopes that it will discourage others from engaging in similar misconduct.
Types of Wrongful Death Cases in Nevada
People can be killed in various kinds of accidents. Some of the most common causes of wrongful death in Nevada include, but are not limited to:
- Medical Malpractice
- Workplace Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Commercial Vehicle Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Ridesharing (Uber or Lyft) Accidents
Insurers for negligent parties will act quickly to try and get family members to accept settlements that are usually for far less than what they are entitled to. You should avoid making any recorded statement to an insurance company until you have legal counsel.
Wrongful Death Attorney in Nevada
If your loved one was recently killed in Nevada as the result of another party’s negligence, it is in your best interest to quickly seek legal representation. Contact Need an Injury Lawyer Nevada before speaking to any insurance company.
Our firm represents clients in communities all over Washoe County, Carson City, Lyon County, Elko County, Douglas County, Nye County, and Clark County. You can contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take advantage of a free, no obligation consultation that will allow our personal injury attorneys to review your case and discuss all of your legal options.