Did Your Loved One Suffer a Wrongful Death?
Our Alabama Wrongful Death Attorney Fights for Victims’ Families
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that there were a total of 146,571 people who suffered a wrongful death in 2015. The top causes of wrongful death are attributed to accidental falls, motor vehicle accidents and “unintentional poisoning.” When a loved one dies unexpectedly due to the negligence of another party, the surviving family members are left to contend with a multitude of new life stressors. These stressors include the sudden significant loss of wages felt by the loved one’s death, an immense amount of medical debt from a loved one’s injury and a severe reduction in quality of life on an emotional level. If a person suffers a wrongful death due to negligence, then their survivors have the right to — and should — pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
Alabama wrongful death attorney Tommy James has dedicated his career to helping those who have been wrongfully injured or killed. Since opening the doors to his Birmingham personal injury law firm, Tommy has seen a fair share of wrongful death cases. He understands that these cases are very delicate and are never easy experiences. It is Tommy’s goal to take as much stress off of your shoulders as possible so that you can focus on you and your family during this difficult time. He has successfully represented clients in Alabama and across the country win millions of dollars in restitution for the wrongful death of a loved one. Whatever the cause of wrongful death, Tommy can help.
Who Is Allowed to File a Wrongful Death Claim?
The point of wrongful death lawsuits in Alabama is to punish and deter. Generally, the following people can file a wrongful death claim:
- Other family members (aunts, uncles, grandparents etc.)
However, the rules governing who is eligible to file a wrongful death claim varies by state. Alabama Code Title §6-5-410 states that “A personal representative may commence an action and recover such damages as the jury may assess in a court of competent jurisdiction within the State of Alabama”. A personal representative is an official who can speak for the decedent’s estate. The statute of limitations (as of 2018) to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Alabama is two years after the person’s death. Things can get complicated and confusing rather quickly when pursuing a wrongful death claim; it is highly recommended that you seek an experienced Alabama wrongful death attorney for the best chances of a favorable outcome.
Questions About a Wrongful Death Claim? Call Us Today
After experiencing the loss of a loved one due to a wrongful death, you likely do not know what to do next. Any person would feel overwhelmed, devastated and angry in this situation. Let an experienced Alabama wrongful death attorney like Tommy take those emotions and create a strong case for you. He has helped many families recover after suffering from the wrongful death of a loved one.
If you are unsure about pursuing legal action, Tommy James Law offers non-obligatory consultations. You can come into our Birmingham office and sit down with Tommy to discuss the details of your case as well as how to proceed for free. Contact us online or call us at (205) 259-7850today to see how Tommy can help you.