Helping People After The Wrongful Death Of A Loved One
At Behzadi Law, I understand that nothing is as devastating as surviving the death of a loved one who died due to the negligence of another. Unfortunately, the only justice that the law may provide (aside from possible criminal prosecution) is monetary recovery for your loss in a wrongful death civil action. Surviving family members can sue for pain and suffering as well as expenses and monetary losses. However, the state of Nevada has a two-year statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death lawsuit, and it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to make sure we find any witnesses and collect evidence. The longer you wait, the more difficult it is to track down this information.
Who Is Eligible To File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Nevada has two classes of wrongful death plaintiffs: the heirs and the estate of the deceased. Heirs include:
- The deceased’s spouse or domestic partner
- The deceased’s adult children
- The deceased’s parents (if there are no children and no surviving spouse)
- The deceased’s siblings (if there are no children, surviving spouse or parent)
Collecting Monetary Compensation
Nevada law allows you to file for both compensatory and punitive damages. The estate, through the administrator or the executor, is authorized to file a claim for special damages and punitive damages. Punitive damages are essentially financial penalties meant to punish the responsible party. Not all cases include punitive damages, but it is always worth pursuing. Compensatory damages are meant to reimburse surviving family members or the estate for expenses and losses. Damages allowed for the heirs or estate include:
- Medical expenses prior to death
- Funeral and burial costs
- Punitive damages
- Pain and suffering of the deceased
- Loss of companionship, comfort and financial support
- Grief and sorrow
Ultimately, a jury may have to decide the full amount of the damages.
Contact Behzadi Law Today
I have the experience to pursue your claim for the maximum recovery allowable under the law. If you are in need of help, give me a call 24/7 at 702-984-7731 or fill out my online contact form to schedule a free legal consultation.