Catastrophic Injury Attorneys In AL
At McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP, we understand how traumatic and devastating losing a loved one can be. If your loved one has been lost due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to pursue a wrongful death action against the responsible party. Seeking the counsel of an experienced attorney can make all the difference when it comes to achieving a positive outcome in a wrongful death case. Our skilled legal team has extensive experience in helping clients recover damages for the loss of their loved one and providing the legal support and personalized attention you deserve.
Wrongful Death In Alabama
A wrongful death action can only be filed in Alabama if the deceased person passed away within the borders of the state. If the death occurred in another state, the claim must be filed there. Alabama’s wrongful death statute also specifies that a wrongful death action can only be brought by the administrator of the decedent’s estate. When settling an estate, many families have conflicts over the distribution of assets. These battles can prevent the estate from filing a wrongful death action within the two-year statute of limitations. If the wrongful death claim is against a city or county, this period of time is even shorter.
Alabama only allows for the recovery of punitive damages in wrongful death actions. These damages are not awarded to compensate the plaintiffs for their losses but to punish defendants for their egregious actions and deter others from doing the same. The amount of damages an estate is entitled to receive is based on how careless or abhorrent the defendant’s conduct was in causing the death.
Why Should I Hire A Wrongful Death Attorney?
Our legal team has seen firsthand how difficult it is for families to manage a wrongful death case while coping with the loss of a loved one. Our attorneys give you the legal representation and support you need to deal with the challenges that the Alabama wrongful death statute may present. We have more than 43 years of experience handling wrongful death claims and lawsuits throughout Alabama and have successfully helped hundreds of families get the justice they deserve.
If you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, contact us online or call McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP, at 334-262-1911 to schedule a free initial consultation. McPhillips Shinbaum, LLP, serves clients throughout Alabama, including Montgomery, Autauga, Macon, Lowndes, Dallas and Elmore counties.