Wrongful Death Claims

Las Vegas Wrongful Death Attorneys

The death of a loved one is never easy to deal with, but it can be especially tough to cope when the death was caused by the negligent or intentional acts of another. Under Nevada law, the “heirs at law” and the Estate of a person who is deceased as the result to the wrongful conduct of another are entitled to make a claim upon the wrongdoer for damages.

At the Law Offices of Steven M. Burris, our Las Vegas wrongful death lawyers have more than 30 years of experience with these complex claims. When you retain the firm, you can expect the dedicated representation you need to pursue justice on behalf of your loved one.

Put your case in the hands of a trusted and proven firm. Call (701) 529-3101 today to learn how we can help you and your family.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Suit?

Nevada’s laws on wrongful death are somewhat complicated as to who gets to sue for what. The Estate of the deceased may claim for medical bills incurred before death; funeral expenses; and punitive damages. The Estate belongs to whoever is named in the will, if there is one; if no will, then to the “heirs at law.”

The “heirs at law” are defined, under Nevada statute, to be those persons who would have inherited the Estate through “intestate succession,” which means those persons who would inherit had the deceased not left a will. Generally speaking, the “heirs at law” would be the very close, immediate family members (spouse and children).

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What Damages Can I Seek In a Wrongful Death Claim?

Each wrongful death claim is different, and damages will be awarded based on the unique merits of your case. Typically, the “heirs at law” may sue for:

  • loss of support
  • grief
  • sorrow
  • loss of companionship
  • loss of household services

The amounts due each is not necessarily equal. For example, if a father died, leaving behind a young child aged 3, and an adult child from a prior marriage aged 25, the young child would be entitled to more than the adult child, because the younger child suffers a greater loss of financial support from the father.

Take Action Today

Take care of the most immediate things first. Do not neglect your own mental health. Don’t be afraid to call your pastor, grief counselors, or others who can give you good counsel. If an insurance adjuster contacts you, even if he sounds truly sympathetic, just tell him or her ‘look, I can’t deal with you right now.’ Do NOT under any circumstances sign anything for insurance adjusters or give them a recorded statement.

When you feel up to it, it is wise to hire an attorney sooner rather than later. Wrongful deaths can be tricky, legally, and the lawyers on TV and billboards who talk about “cash for crash” may not be your best option. Experience is essential in a wrongful death cases. We have handled well over 100 wrongful death cases, and will give you experienced and competent representation.

We would welcome the opportunity to consult with you. Contact the Law Offices of Steven M. Burris to schedule an appointment for a free case consultation.