Dothan Wrongful Death Lawyer

When could I sue for wrongful death?

When an individual is injured as a result of another person's negligence, he or she generally has the right to sue for personal injury. The same principle applies in cases of fatal accidents, when the surviving family members are entitled to file a claim for wrongful death. Under Code of Alabama §6-5-410, a wrongful death claim can be filed on the grounds that the death was caused by the wrongful act, omission or negligence of another party. It is necessary to commence the action within two years from the date of death, so you must not delay in getting started on your case.

Why is Alabama's wrongful death statute different?

Throughout most of the country, wrongful death statutes are written with the purpose of shifting the financial burden of a fatal accident from the surviving family members and onto the shoulders of the person who caused the accident. In other states, the plaintiff in a wrongful death case can recover compensation for all the future income the family could have expected to receive from the decedent, as well as compensation for medical expenses and even pain, suffering and mental anguish. The Alabama wrongful death statute takes a different approach. In our state, you can only recover punitive damages for the death of your loved one. The focus is not on compensating you for your loss, but on punishing the person who caused the death.

Take Action on Your Case Now

Whether you lost your loved one in a car accident, motorcycle accident or a construction accident, we are ready to fight for your right to compensation. The attorneys of Morris, Cary, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC represent clients in South East Alabama and throughout the Tri-State Area, and we encourage you to contact us now for a free initial consultation. Recovering punitive damages under the Alabama wrongful death statute can be a considerable challenge, but you can improve your chances of success by hiring an attorney from our team. We have been recognized as being among the top plaintiff attorneys throughout the state, and are prepared to put out skill and experience to work for you.