Your life changed forever when your spouse, child, parent, or other close family member was killed by the negligent or intentional actions of an individual or business. Your grief is overwhelming, and it’s hard to know how to go on without your beloved family member.
You may not have the strength to battle with the negligent party’s insurance company for the compensation you need to put your life back together again. Fortunately, you do not have to do this on your own. Our skilled and compassionate wrongful death attorneys are here to help you every step of the way and will aggressively fight to hold the at-fault parties responsible for compensating you.
Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in Nevada
While the receipt of damages will not bring back your loved one or lessen your grief, it can give you a sense of justice to hold the at-fault party liable, and the monetary compensation you receive can replace the support your loved one provided to you and your family. You may need to bring two separate claims in order to be fully compensated.
In Nevada, you must file a wrongful death action to recover your own financial losses caused by the death of your loved one. Your family member’s estate can also pursue a survival action to recover damages for your loved one’s medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering before his death.
Types of Wrongful Death Claims We Handle
Many tragic accidents that result in someone’s death involve another’s negligent, reckless, or intentional actions. Individuals, businesses, and governmental entities may all face liability if their actions caused someone’s death. Our experienced wrongful death lawyers in Henderson are here to help if a victim’s death was due to one of these causes:
One of the most common causes of wrongful death is an auto accident caused by a driver’s negligence. The chances of a fatality increase dramatically in a head-on collision, drunk driving accident, multi-vehicle crash, or rollover accident.
Distracted driving, intoxication, fatigue, and speeding are a few of the causes of deadly truck crashes. These cases can be more complicated to settle because of the federal regulations that may have been violated, the higher value of the victim’s claim, and multiple parties who could be liable.
Motorcycle riders are less visible to other drivers and only have their clothes and helmet to protect them in a collision, which dramatically increases the likelihood that they will suffer fatal injuries.
Like motorcyclists, bicycle riders have little protection from a much larger motor vehicle or truck that crashes into them.
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are common in Henderson and Las Vegas due to the large number of visitors here for vacation or work who add to our already congested roads. The negligence of a driver is often the cause of fatal pedestrian accidents.
Taxi and rideshare accidents
Taxi drivers and rideshare drivers engage in many unsafe driving practices in their rush to transport a passenger so they can pick up the next fare. These driver errors can cause victims to suffer deadly injuries in a collision. If the negligent driver worked for a rideshare service, it can be confusing to determine how much Uber or Lyft insurance is available to compensate you for your loved one’s death without the help of an experienced wrongful death attorney.
Boating and jet-ski accidents
You might have a wrongful death action against the operator of a boat if your family member was killed in a boating or jet-ski accident. Inexperience, speeding, and intoxication are a few of the causes of these preventable accidents.
Many deadly slip and fall accidents are caused by a property or business owner’s failure to remove dangerous conditions, like defective flooring, spills, ice and asphalt cracks in parking lots, and more. Restaurants, malls, and grocery stores are just a few of the places in Henderson and Las Vegas where a victim can suffer catastrophic injuries in a fall.
Nursing home abuse and neglect
If your loved one died due to negligent care and abuse in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you might have a wrongful death claim against the nursing home and its staff.
Swimming pool accidents and drownings
Lack of supervision, slip and fall hazards, and lack of entrapment devices are a few of the reasons that an individual could be killed in a drowning or other swimming pool accident.
Going to the casino is a popular attraction for visitors and residents in the Las Vegas area. However, an outing can be deadly if a guest has a slip and fall accident, is assaulted due to lack of security, falls off a slot machine chair, suffers food poisoning, or is the victim of a shuttle bus accident.
Eligibility to File a Wrongful Death Action
Only certain parties can file a wrongful death lawsuit when a family member dies due to another’s negligence. They include:
- A personal representative of the victim’s estate
- Spouse or domestic partner
- Children of the deceased
- Victim’s parents (only if he did not have a spouse or children)
- Other dependents, such as stepchildren (if they can show that they were dependents of the victim at the time of his death)
Compensation You Are Entitled to in a Wrongful Death Action
If you have cause to file wrongful death and survival actions, it is important to understand all the types of compensation to which you may be entitled. Types of damages awarded in survival and wrongful death cases include:
- Medical expenses of your loved one before his death
- Your family member’s lost wages and his lost earning capacity due to his death
- Your family member’s pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Property damages
- Loss of companionship, support, affection, and consortium of your loved one
- Punitive damages
Let Us Take the Necessary Steps to Protect Your Legal Rights
At Jones Wilson Injury Lawyers, we are committed to shouldering the burden of pursuing your wrongful death action. We help out-of-state visitors, as well as residents of Henderson and the Las Vegas area, obtain the justice they deserve.
We handle cases on a contingency fee basis so that you do not owe any attorney fees until we settle your claim or win your case at a jury trial. Start a live chat or call our Henderson office to schedule your free consultation today to learn more about our extensive experience in these cases and how we can help you.