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Wrongful Death FAQ

At Johnson Beard & Trueb, PC, we strive to provide the counsel and guidance our clients need while going through the difficult experience of a wrongful death claim after the loss of a loved one. We understand that you are experiencing one of the most painful times of your life and we are here to help. Our firm has 75 years of combined legal experience and has recovered millions of dollars for clients over the years. Get the answers you need by retaining an Alaska personal injury lawyer from our firm right away! Read through some of the more common question provided below before you contact our firm to set up your free case evaluation.

What is wrongful death?

Wrongful death is when an innocent person loses their life in an accident caused by someone else. A wrongful death claim is a claim that is filed by the victim's surviving family members and / or dependents in order to obtain compensation for all financial and emotional damages that result from their loved one's wrongful death.

Who can file a wrongful death claim?

Only immediate family members and dependents of a wrongful death victim can file a claim. Friends, acquaintances, and even extended family members such as cousins, aunts, and uncles, cannot file for such compensation.

When should I file a wrongful death claim?

Wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the accident or accident-related death, according to the statute of limitations for wrongful death. Any claims that are filed after this limit will not be valid and will not result in compensation.

What damages can be recovered for wrongful death?

Damages for wrongful death can include funeral and burial expenses; loss of income; loss of companionship and consortium; grief counseling expenses; and pain and suffering.

How is economic value determined for non-economic damages?

As seen above, many damages resulting from wrongful death are not economic in nature. In order to determine the amount of compensation for these damages, the court will examine the extent of the family's loss and suffering and will come up with a monetary amount that is considered to be adequate compensation. This is where a skilled attorney becomes necessary, since they play a part in helping the court realize how serious the damages are and how they need extensive compensation.

How much is my claim worth?

Since not all damages caused by wrongful death have a set monetary value, the worth of a claim cannot be immediately determined. An experienced lawyer will be able to provide an excellent estimate, however, and will be able to fight relentlessly for a satisfactory settlement or trial verdict. Speak with a wrongful death attorney right away if you are in need of compensation after the death of a loved one in an accident.

Do I need a lawyer to file a wrongful death claim?

Only an experienced attorney will know whether or not you are being offered a fair settlement, or will be able to fight for the verdict your case deserves. Do not attempt to file a wrongful death claim without a skilled attorney by your side. Contact Johnson Beard & Trueb, PC to speak with a lawyer who can help!

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