Las Vegas Wrongful Death Lawyers
Dedicated to Helping You & Your Family Navigate This Challenging Time
Losing a loved one is emotionally devastating. At Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen, we know the only thing more painful is losing a loved one because of another’s negligence. The loss of companionship is tragic, and the unforeseen financial complications can become paralyzing when medical bills, funeral costs, and loss of support become overriding factors after the death of your loved one.
Our Las Vegas wrongful death attorneys can help stabilize your emotional and financial state by pursuing legal action against the person who caused your loss and working to recover the damages you deserve. We know that no amount of financial recovery can make up for the loss you have endured, but it can provide you with the ability to heal and move forward, as well as offer a sense of much-needed justice for you and your family.
To learn more about how we can help, contact Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen online or call our office at (702) 505-8115 for a free, confidential consultation.
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- What is Wrongful Death?
- Monetary Compensation in Wrongful Death Suits
- How Our Lawyers Can Help You
- Wrongful Death Resources
- Work-Related Wrongful Death Cases
- Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Nevada?
- Statute of Limitations
- Do I Really Need an Attorney?
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What Is Wrongful Death?
The Nevada legislature defines wrongful death as the death of a person caused by the neglect or wrongful act of another. Wrongful death can occur any time another person is negligent in their behavior, leading to the loss of life of another person.
Some examples of wrongful death include fatalities caused by:
- Airplane accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Boating and watercraft accidents
- Bus accidents
- Car accidents
- Construction accidents
- DUI accidents
- Fire accidents
- Helicopter accidents
- Manufacturing accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Products liability accidents
- Taxi accidents
- Truck accidents
If you have lost someone to the mistakes of a negligent party, our wrongful death attorneys can help you develop a strategic case to pursue a financial recovery and justice.
Monetary Compensation in Wrongful Death Suits
Nevada law dictates what types of monetary compensation may be awarded in wrongful death claims. They are considered either special damages or penalties.
Special damages in a wrongful death claim can include:
- Burial expenses
- Final care medical expenses
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Lost employment benefits benefits
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of care
- Loss of benefits to heirs
Penalties, or punitive damages, may also be available. However, these damages are awarded as a way of punishing egregious conduct, such as conduct that was intentional or reckless. Punitive damages are rare.
How Our Firm Can Help You
In Nevada, a wrongful death suit is brought in civil court and is considered to be a civil law remedy. This means that you can bring a wrongful death suit against someone who intentionally killed a loved one, even if they are already facing criminal charges handled by the state. Our Las Vegas wrongful death attorneys understand how difficult it is to lose a loved one. Our compassionate approach to delivering results begins with shifting the stress of your wrongful death claim away from your family and onto our attorneys.
With decades of experience in holding negligent drivers, medical professionals, and property owners responsible for their role in causing the deaths of our clients’ loved ones, we begin each claim by uncovering the evidence necessary to prove your unique case can stand up inside and outside of the courtroom. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys have the experience needed to take on these complex cases, and our track record provides hope for other families who have felt the same loss and are seeking answers in the form of financial recovery. Our attorneys often partner with various experts and professionals who can help obtain evidence and produce testimony to strengthen your case.
We often work with the following experts:
- Forensic specialists
- Medical professionals
- Law enforcement authorities
- Accident reconstruction experts
- Personal investigators
- Product engineers
Even when there are no criminal charges against the person or party you believe caused your loved one’s untimely death, this does not mean that they cannot be found responsible for their negligence in civil court. Similarly, a criminal defendant who is found not guilty of causing your loved one’s death can still be found liable for your damages through your wrongful death claim. This famously happened in the cases against O.J. Simpson.
Wrongful Death Resources
Our wrongful death attorneys have produced multimillion-dollar settlements and jury verdicts for our clients after they have lost a loved one to negligence. We can help you pursue justice for your loss, too. The first step is scheduling a free consultation. Learning more about your wrongful death claim will allow our lawyers to design a personalized strategy to move forward with our investigation, allowing you to take the time you need to grieve while we do the legal work for you.
We understand that you likely have a lot of questions. We’ve provided some helpful resources to help you find the answers you need, but you can always reach out to us to request a completely free, zero-pressure consultation with one of our Las Vegas wrongful death attorneys.
Browse the following resources for more information on wrongful death law in Nevada:
- Wrongful death act
- Wrongful death law
- Medical errors and wrongful death
- Wrongful death settlements
- Statute of limitations
Work-Related Wrongful Death Cases
In the state of Nevada, the Division of Industrial Relations and the Nevada workers’ compensation laws compensate workers and their families for wrongful deaths that occur in the workplace. If you have lost a loved one in a work accident, our workers’ compensation attorneys can help you pursue action against the employer and their insurance company for the financial settlement you deserve as a result of your loss.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Nevada?
Nevada state law outlines wrongful death claims and limits the civil, legal pursuit of recovery to a personal representative of the deceased’s estate and certain family members, related in the specific order listed.
Family members who can pursue a wrongful death claim include the deceased’s:
- Surviving spouse or partner
- Parents, where there is no surviving spouse, partner, or child present
If other individuals, including stepchildren, depended on the deceased person, they may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim. Our Las Vegas wrongful death attorneys can help determine your eligibility in filing this civil claim with the Nevada courts.
Nevada Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
Is there a statute of limitations on wrongful death claims in Nevada? Yes, the statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim is two years from the date of the decedent’s death. It is imperative that you contact our wrongful death attorneys and pursue a claim quickly, as the clock begins and ends within that specific timeframe.
Do I Really Need a Wrongful Death Attorney?
Wrongful death claims require proof of negligence. While you and your family may believe the accused is responsible for the loss of your loved one, it must be proven in a civil court. The burden of proof may be lower in a civil court than it is in a criminal court, but the process is demanding and requires an experienced legal approach to prove successful.
While you are not legally required to work with an attorney, having an experienced legal team on your side can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. At Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen, we have been representing victims of negligence and their surviving families since 1985. We understand the process and how the system works, and we are prepared to protect your best interests every step of the way.
Call Today for Moral Support & Legal Counsel
Schedule a free consultation today and learn more about the best way to proceed with your case. Our Las Vegas wrongful death attorneys will review your claim, investigate your case, and determine the best approach available to help you recover financially.
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