Las Vegas Wrongful Death Lawyer
At Cameron Law, we spend our days dealing with accident victims and their families, helping them hold negligent parties responsible and recovering significant compensation to help our clients get the medical care they need. Some of the most difficult cases we encounter, in terms of both the emotional and financial hardship involved as well as the complexity of proving the case, are situations where a family member was killed in a motor vehicle accident or other instance of negligence. Nevada law allows family members as well as the estate of the deceased to bring a wrongful death claim for any wrongful act or neglect that caused the loss of life. If you lost a loved one due to another’s wrongful act or neglect, Cameron Law can help you hold that party accountable to you and your loved one and recover meaningful compensation to help you deal with the substantial harm this unexpected loss has inflicted on you. Call our experienced Las Vegas wrongful death lawyer for a no-cost, confidential consultation.
Nevada Wrongful Death Law
To hold a party liable for causing the death of another, the burden falls on the plaintiff (the family member or estate representative bringing the claim) to prove the following: the other party owed a duty of care to the deceased; they failed to perform that duty, usually by acting negligently; and this failure was the cause of the individual’s death. Wrongful death claims can be based on fatal accidents and injuries that happen in many different ways, including:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents – Drivers have a duty to others on the road to pay attention and drive carefully so as not to injure others or cause a wreck. Negligent, reckless, drunk or distracted drivers can be responsible for fatal crashes in Las Vegas car, truck, motorcycle, pedestrian, bicycle, or scooter accidents.
- Premises Liability – Property owners must maintain their premises so they are reasonably free of hazards, or they must adequately warn patrons and visitors of any known dangers. Property owners can be liable for wrongful death after a fatal slip and fall or trip and fall, dog bite or animal attack, swimming pool drowning, construction accident, or assault that occurs on their premises due to inadequate security.
- Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse – Owners of nursing homes are responsible for deaths that occur in their facilities because of negligence and mistakes such as medication errors, malnutrition or dehydration, bedsores, the improper use of restraints, or even acts of physical abuse perpetrated by staff members on residents.
Wrongful death plaintiffs in Nevada can recover monetary damages if they can prove the responsible party caused the death through their negligence. The estate’s representative can recover medical costs billed to the estate as well as funeral and burial expenses paid out of the estate. The recovered funds will be distributed to heirs and beneficiaries in accordance with the deceased’s estate planning documents such as wills and trusts, or according to Nevada law if they did not have a will.
Family members who are heirs of the deceased can also bring their own wrongful death claims to hold the negligent party accountable to them and their loved ones. Heirs can recover compensation for the personal loss they have experienced, including the loss of future financial support and companionship, as well as their grief and sorrow. Heirs can also obtain compensation for the pain and suffering experienced by the deceased before passing.
Generally speaking, you have two years from the date of death to bring a wrongful death lawsuit in the state of Nevada. This time can go by very quickly for family members and estate representatives who are swamped with settling the estate, grieving and putting their lives back in order following a terrible event, all while working and caring for other family members. Let us take over the task of getting justice and accountability for your loved one and compensation for your family to deal with the pain and disruption this party’s negligence has caused.
Contact Cameron Law Today
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident or other incident of negligence in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Spring Valley or Paradise, Cameron Law can help. Call our experienced Las Vegas wrongful death attorney today.