Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorneys
Helping Nevada Families Cope with Loss
Losing a loved one in an accident can turn your family’s and your life upside down. You may be experiencing a wide range of powerful emotions, from deep sadness to anger to numbness. Unfortunately, many families feel that they can’t afford to grieve when they’re facing a mountain of accident-related debt that they can’t pay for. At such a difficult time, you should not have to worry about the legal and financial ramifications of your loss.
At Christiansen Trial Lawyers, our trial lawyers aggressively pursue wrongful death claims while providing compassionate representation and counsel to our clients. Nothing can bring your loved one back. However, you are entitled to seek financial compensation to secure your future and the future of those left behind. Since 1995, our wrongful death lawyers have been proud to serve members of our community as well as tourists in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada.
Call (702) 357-9977 to speak with a caring Las Vegas lawyer in your time of need, or fill out our online form. We offer our legal services in English and Spanish and strive to be accessible so you can contact us at any time.
Types of Wrongful Death We Handle
Losing a loved one is always an emotional and painful experience, but it can be even tougher to process when your loved one has been killed suddenly in an accident. Though some accidents occur at random and aren’t anyone’s fault, some investigating can determine whether an individual or entity was responsible for their death. Our lawyers work with a variety of people, from medical experts to reconstructionists, to determine the cause of death and gather the evidence we need to hold at-fault parties responsible.
Our lawyers have successfully pursued wrongful death claims for our clients in cases involving:
- Motor vehicle accidents: Our team can help you after your loved one has been killed by a drunk driver, fatigued trucker, or defective auto parts. Motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are more likely to be killed in these types of accidents because they’re the most vulnerable and aren’t protected by vehicle safety features like seat belts.
- Premises liability: A variety of dangerous property conditions can lead to someone falling and hitting their head or breaking their back, being assaulted and killed, or being struck by heavy equipment or machinery. In these cases, the property owner can be held responsible for damages your family has accrued.
- Defective and dangerous products: Products are supposed to be safe to purchase and use after being approved, but sometimes manufacturing and defects can slip by undetected. Unfortunately, defective auto parts frequently result in death when they contribute to car crashes. Examples of auto defects include faulty brakes, headlights, and airbags.
People can file wrongful death claims when their loved one has been killed in an accident, but they can also file when their loved one has initially survived but passed away from their injuries. If your loved one had begun a personal injury claim at the time of their death, you can open a wrongful death claim. We understand the devastation your loss has caused. Our trial lawyers make sure the court and those responsible for your loss know, too.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Nevada?
Each state has its own laws dictating who can legally file a wrongful death claim on behalf of their loved one. Under Nevada law, “heirs and personal representatives” can step forward with a claim. If your loved one had an estate plan, it’s likely they appointed a personal representative – this is who can legally take action.
Other parties who are entitled to seek financial compensation include:
- The surviving spouse or partner
- Children of the deceased
- Parents of the deceased, if there is no surviving spouse or children
In addition to losing someone they love, families also lose a source of income – for some, this may have been their only source of income. This is why Nevada allows others to file for wrongful death if they can prove to the court that they were financially dependent on the deceased at the time of their death. These others can include stepchildren, stepparents, and children being supported by the deceased.
Damages We Can Help Your Family Recover
Having recovered millions for Las Vegas clients, our lawyers are able to help you win compensation to cover the economic and noneconomic damages that typically are acquired in a personal injury claim. These can include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and more. However, in a wrongful death claim, we can also secure damages like burial and funeral bills, as well as loss of companionship.
The sooner you get started, the sooner you can get compensation and avoid having your claim be denied. Nevada has a two-year statute of limitations on filing wrongful death claims, meaning filing a claim after the deadline will result in you being unable to seek justice for what happened to your family. Our lawyers work efficiently and are ready to go to the courtroom if it means we have a better chance of securing maximum compensation.
You deserve one-on-one care from a law firm that sees you as a person who needs help – not as just another case number. Call our Las Vegas wrongful death attorneys at any time at (702) 357-9977.