Las Vegas Wrongful Death Lawyers
In this video Attorney Steven M. Baker discusses Las Vegas wrongful death claims. He gives families information about what to do following the wrongful death of a loved one.
It is important to note that each state has different wrongful death laws, and although our office is based in Las Vegas, we are capable and experienced at trying wrongful death cases that occur around the country. Please contact Las Vegas wrongful death lawyers as soon as possible for a free no-obligation consultation on your case. Time is of the essence in wrongful death claims.
Recent Wrongful Death Cases in Las Vegas, Nevada
- $16 Million
Helicopter Accident Fatality
- $3.5 Million
Motorcycle Accident Fatality
- $1 Million
Aircraft Accident Fatality
Again, it is important to choose a law firm experienced in aggressively pursuing Las Vegas wrongful death claims to the maximum benefit of their clients. Our law firm operates on a contingency basis for wrongful death suits, meaning you do not pay us unless you are awarded damages, contact our Las Vegas wrongful death lawyers today regarding your wrongful death concerns.
You Have a Wrongful Death Claim in Las Vegas If:
- The person died as a direct result of a defendant
- The defendant was negligent
- There is a surviving spouse, children or some beneficiaries, or monetary loss was incurred as a result of the death.
Las Vegas wrongful death attorneys can recoup any expenses incurred for a number of reasons. These include: medical, funeral, anticipated earnings of the deceased, loss of benefits, loss of inheritance, pain, suffering, mental anguish, loss of care, protection, companionship, general damages, personal injury lawsuits to other parties, and punitive damages.
When you select the law firm of Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith in Las Vegas, it is our goal to treat you with the utmost understanding and compassion, coupled with the highest level of legal representation. We offer a free initial consultation involving Las Vegas wrongful death and make it our chief priority to consistently provide you with individual attention throughout the case’s progression.
General Info – Wrongful Death
Wrongful deaths occur when a person is killed due to the negligence of some other person or entity (such as a company or organization). Surviving dependents or beneficiaries are typically the ones who file wrongful death claims. The persons who may file a wrongful death claim include:
- The spouse, domestic partner, or child of the deceased person
- The personal representative of the deceased person’s estate
- If no spouse, domestic partner, or child is available to file a wrongful death lawsuit, then the parents of the deceased person can file.
Surviving plaintiffs may be entitled to monetary awards because of the negligent actions of the guilty party.
Laws known as “survival statutes” ensure that cases can be brought against others even after the death occurs. Before these laws existed, individuals could only obtain damages if they survived, or before they died.
Claims filed after the statute of limitations runs out can be denied, even if the evidence of negligence is overwhelming, so do not hesitate to contact our Las Vegas wrongful death attorneys for a consultation. Your early action in these matters can also ensure that evidence and witnesses are still available with their essential information vital to the case.
Each state has a “statute of limitations” that applies to wrongful death cases. These statutes limit the time period in which a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed. In Las Vegas, and all of Nevada, the statute of limitations in wrongful death cases is generally two years from the time of death.
This period of limitation can change, however, depending on the specific circumstances of your case (and which entity or person caused the death). Cases against the government, for example, have a much shorter statute of limitations and can only be tried a year or two after the wrongful death. Wrongful death cases involving children may have an extended statute of limitations. This statute may also be tolled (extended) when the cause of death was not discovered until some time after the death occurred.
What are common causes of wrongful death?
There are several common types of negligence or carelessness that are most likely to result in wrongful death claims filed by Nevada survivors of fatal injuries. These include:
- Auto accidents: motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common causes of accidental death in the US, and in the vast majority of cases, they are the result of driver carelessness or even recklessness.
- Medical malpractice: patients regularly put their lives in the hands of doctors and other medical personnel. When doctors fail to take this responsibility seriously by exploring all possible diagnoses and treatment options, carefully administering any medications, using their utmost care and concentration in carrying out surgical procedures, and uncovering dangerous interactions between prescribed medications, they risk the very lives of their patients. When a careless mistake or failure to follow best practices results in the death of a patient, these medical professionals and possibly their employers could become financially responsible for the death of the patient.
- Product liability: Consumers purchase new products with the implicit understanding that manufacturers subjected the product to extensive testing, ensuring that the product was both effective in performing as promised and safe for consumers to buy and use. If a product designer, manufacturer, or retailer fails to adequately research and test a product before rushing it to market, the consumer can pay the ultimate price for the maker’s negligence. Recent noteworthy wrongful death claims based on product liability include lawsuits against manufacturers of dangerously defective airbags, lawsuits against dangerous medical devices, and lawsuits against furniture manufacturers after falling furniture took the lives of small children playing nearby.