Wrongful death occurs when someone’s negligence or incompetence costs another person their life. These instances are usually sudden and unexpected. If this has happened to a loved one, you can seek justice for them. An Omaha wrongful death lawyer from Welsh & Welsh will fight for your loved one’s rights and help you get the compensation you deserve.
Welsh & Welsh defends the Nebraska families whose loved ones have passed and holds the negligent party accountable for their actions. It’s a bitter truth that had the party acted competently, it’s likely the accident that caused the death would have never happened. When you speak up, you’re doing what you can for your loved one, as well as influencing change that has the potential to prevent other families from experiencing a similar tragedy.
What Are Common Causes of Wrongful Death?
Unfortunately, any time someone doesn’t act carefully, they put other lives at risk. Some of the common cases that our attorneys handle are:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents. Car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents can cost innocent people their lives. Negligent drivers who don’t obey traffic laws, are distracted, or are driving while intoxicated can cause fatal crashes.
- Medical Malpractice. Medical negligence from any healthcare professional can result in a patient losing their life. Surgical errors, medication errors, and hospital errors are all examples of this.
- Product Liability. Products—whether they’re appliances, auto parts, or children’s toys—can have issues with how they’re made, what they’re made with, and how they’re used. Negligent manufacturers that place these products on the market put consumers’ lives in danger.
- Slip and Fall Accidents. Spills, uneven flooring, and unstable stairways are a few examples of slip and fall risks. When people fall, they may sustain a debilitating traumatic brain injury that can result in death.
No matter the cause, your wrongful death lawyer in Omaha will go over every aspect of your case. We will investigate the cause, examine and gather evidence, like looking at the scene of the accident and obtaining medical records, and move forward with knowledge of how the accident happened and fight to get you a fair settlement.
Who Can File a Claim in Omaha, NE?
Before you file a Nebraska wrongful death lawsuit, you need to know who can bring the claim forward and what you can generally expect from this process.
In Nebraska, the Revised Statute 30-809 says that a representative of the deceased must bring the claim forward for the deceased’s surviving spouse and children.
Losing a loved one causes a lot of pain and you need time to grieve. Anyone can get overwhelmed with the financial aspect of losing a loved one, as well. That’s why we’re here to help you get fair compensation, so you can take the financial burden off your shoulders.
You can recover the following damages:
- Lost Wages. This could be for the time your loved one spent in the hospital and away from work.
- Loss of Earnings. You probably depended on your loved one’s income and you get seek to get compensation that covers what they would have earned from their job.
- Funeral/Burial Expenses. Your compensation can cover the cost of your loved one’s funeral and burial.
- Medical Expenses. Your compensation can cover hospital bills, prescriptions, and other forms of care that your loved one needed.
- Pain and Suffering. If your loved one experienced painful injuries before they passed, you may be able to recover for their pain and suffering.
- Loss of Companionship. This is for when the deceased’s spouse has lost their partner and have also lost someone to help them run a household.
While each case is unique, your lawyer will fight for you to get an appropriate settlement.
What Are the Components of a Wrongful Death Claim?
You need to prove the following points to have a valid wrongful death claim:
- Someone acted negligently.
- Their negligence caused your loved one to lose their life.
- The surviving family has also suffered from financial loss because of this incident.
- An appointed individual is representing the deceased’s estate.
According to the Nebraska Revised Statute 30-810, families of the deceased have two years from the date of death to bring their claim forward. Trying to file a claim after this statute of limitations risks having it denied. While it may be painful, it’s important to get in touch with a wrongful death lawyer in Omaha as soon as possible. You’ll give yourself the advantage of time to go through every part of your case. This includes gathering evidence and documents to show what happened.
Get Help From a Wrongful Death Attorney
You deserve to get justice for your loved one and your family. We understand that this process won’t be able to take away the pain of losing a loved one; however, you may gain some peace of mind knowing that the people responsible for their death had to pay for their negligence, and you won’t have to worry about financial hardship. With these matters out of the way, you can take the time to grieve and heal.
If you’ve lost a loved one because of negligence, get in touch with us today. We can schedule a free consultation to go over your case and decide the best course of action for you and your family.