Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorneys
How Does Nevada Define Wrongful Death?
In Nevada, wrongful death refers to any situation where a party’s intentional, reckless, or negligent behavior results in the death of someone else. For example, a driver operating their vehicle while intoxicated might cause an auto accident that kills another motorist. Because the deceased motorist cannot pursue legal action, their immediate loved ones can instead pursue a wrongful death claim.
There is no greater tragedy than losing a loved one before their time, especially if the death is a result of someone else’s negligence. Though no monetary amount can adequately compensate for someone’s untimely passing, a wrongful death claim can help you hold a negligent party accountable and recover damages that can help ease the burden of your loss.
Our Las Vegas wrongful death lawyers at Pitaro & Fumo, Chtd. can help explore your legal options when you lose a loved one in a devastating accident. Our team is compassionate to the hardship you are experiencing in this impossibly difficult moment. We can leverage our many decades of combined legal experience to pursue your wrongful death suit as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Nevada?
Not just anyone can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a deceased person, even if they are a relative or close family friend. The state restricts who can pursue a wrongful death claim and benefit from any damage awards.
Nevada permits the following parties to file a wrongful death lawsuit:
- The personal representative of the deceased’s estate (typically named by the deceased in their last will and testament)
- The deceased’s spouse, children, or domestic partner
- The deceased’s parents if there is no surviving spouse, children, or domestic partner
In addition, any individual that can prove that they were dependent on the deceased at the time of their death may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit, even if they do not fit into one of the above categories. This can include stepchildren or any other individuals that the deceased was primarily responsible for financially supporting.
What Can a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Accomplish in Nevada?
A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil matter, meaning it is distinct from any criminal proceedings that may be separately pursued against the negligent party. Wrongful death claims are filed independently of and can occur concurrently with criminal proceedings.
You have 2 years from the date of your loved one’s passing to file a wrongful death claim. Legal action will most likely be dismissed if filed after this deadline.
A successful wrongful death lawsuit can help loved ones recover compensation for:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills associated with the deceased’s injuries and end-of-life care
- Future lost wages and benefits that the deceased reasonably would have been expected to earn
- Loss of companionship and care
- Property damage involved in the fatal accident
- Pain and suffering
Depending on the circumstances of the incident, punitive damages can also be awarded to the deceased’s surviving families. This type of compensation is meant to make an example of the negligent party when egregiously reckless conduct leads to death.
Our Las Vegas wrongful death attorneys at Pitaro & Fumo, Chtd. are prepared to help you seek the maximum possible damages. We are extensively familiar with how to demonstrate negligence in personal injury cases and will do everything possible to ensure that your family receives the compensation that you deserve.