Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorney
In a wrongful death case, not only are you dealing with the tragedy of a friend or a loved one’s untimely death, but also with the knowledge that someone could have prevented it with due care. At Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, it’s our mission to help families recover for the negligence of others after fatal accidents in Las Vegas. After a fatal car accident, premises liability accident, workplace incident, medical malpractice mistake, or violent crime takes the life of a beloved family member, contact our Las Vegas wrongful death attorney for a free initial consultation.
Why Choose Panish Shea & Boyle LLP?
- Our attorneys have decades of experience and are not afraid to take your case to trial.
- We have earned a nationwide reputation for achieving record-setting verdicts and settlements.
- Our wrongful death lawyers can help you navigate the complex legal system.
Common Wrongful Death Accidents
Any personal injury accident could result in wrongful death if the injuries are severe enough. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in America and the cause of 40.4 deaths per 100,000 people in Clark County, Nevada. Fatal accidents can take place on the roadways, at work, in a hospital, or at a Las Vegas hotel and casino. The most common causes of wrongful death are car accidents, falls, pedestrian accidents, and accidental poisonings. In 2016, 214 people died in auto accidents in Clark County. Forty-eight of these fatalities involved reckless drunk drivers. The same year, fatal workplace accidents took the lives of 54 workers throughout the state of Nevada. At Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, our wrongful death lawyers in Las Vegas view your case as more than just a number. We see the person behind the wrongful death claim. Our law firm excels at helping juries see the same thing. We know how to get the best possible results for your wrongful death suit, no matter the circumstances of the fatal incident.
What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
Nevada law defines “wrongful death” as a death that the “intentional, reckless, or negligent conduct of one party” causes. One way to look at a wrongful death claim is a personal injury claim the deceased could have brought if the accident hadn’t been fatal. The same elements and burdens of proof exist in both personal injury and wrongful death claims in Nevada. The laws regarding a wrongful death lawsuit, however, are different, which is why it’s important to speak with an attorney for assistance in these cases.
Time Limit to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Las Vegas, NV
Claimants in Nevada have two years from the date of the victim’s death to file a wrongful death claim against the defendant. Missing this deadline generally means the court refusing to hear the case, which means that you will not be able to recover any losses. Don’t wait until the end of your statute of limitations – contact an experienced Las Vegas wrongful death lawyer from Panish Shea & Boyle LLP as soon as possible for legal advice.
Who Can File a Claim?
The parties eligible to file for wrongful death differ from state to state. In Nevada, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate, family members including a surviving spouse or domestic partner, and surviving children have the right to bring this type of claim. Surviving parents also have the right if no surviving spouse or children exist. Others may also qualify if they can prove their financial dependence on the deceased.
A claimant can receive payment for economic damages such as the decedent’s medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and benefits. The plaintiff could also receive compensation for reasonable burial expenses and funeral costs, loss of inheritance to heirs. The claimant could also receive non-economic damages to cover for loss of the loved one’s care, affection, guidance, and companionship. In cases involving gross negligence or intent to harm, the courts may also award punitive damages.
Call Panish Shea & Boyle LLP Las Vegas Wrongful Death Lawyers
If you have recently lost a loved one caused by someone’s negligence, contact the legal team at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP to seek justice for the victim. Our Las Vegas wrongful death attorneys will take care of the legal process of your wrongful death claim while you focus on grieving and healing with your family. Whether your loved one passed away in a car crash, medical negligence or workplace accident, we can help you explore your rights as a surviving family member or personal representative. Initial case reviews are always free and confidential. Call (702) 560-5520 to schedule your wrongful death consultation in Las Vegas today.