No one wants to imagine that a loved one could be the victim of a fatal accident. Unfortunately, it happens every day: a loving family loses someone due to the negligence or carelessness of another party. While the person who died may not be able to seek justice, family members can through the process of a wrongful death lawsuit.
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Wrongful Death Claims
You may have heard the term “wrongful death claim” without truly understanding what it means. It is obvious that a “wrongful death claim” includes a victim’s death, but who brings such a claim against a defendant? How do you know if a death is wrongful or just an accident? What type of compensation is available for wrongful death and who collects it?
These questions are all good ones to pose to an attorney who focuses on wrongful death and personal injury, like those at Barber & Associates. Here are some facts about wrongful death cases that will help you understand this sometimes confusing area of the law.
This Jury Sidestepped a State’s Cap on Wrongful Death to Award Family $27 Million
An incredibly dangerous and bewildering game of cat-and-mouse between drivers of two trucking companies resulted in a $27 million wrongful death decision for the family of an Oregon woman caught in the wrong place at the wrong
In this issue, the Alaska personal injury lawyers with Barber & Associates will talk about the specifics of the incident – including how the jury was able to sidestep Oregon’s cap of $500,000 on wrongful death decisions.
Employer Agrees to Pay Family $3.75 Million in Wrongful Death Lawsuit
A victim’s employer and a subcontractor have agreed to pay surviving family members $3.75 million after the work truck he was operating overturned. In this issue, we’ll talk about the specifics of this wrongful death lawsuit.
How Long Do You Have To File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
In mid-June, the family of a Duke Energy worker who lost his life while on the job was awarded more than $27 million in a wrongful death lawsuit. In this issue, we’ll talk about the case, and share information about wrongful death lawsuits in Alaska. The Case at a Glance The 43-year-old victim worked as … Read more
Why Did Los Angeles Settle Wrongful Death Case for $9.5 Million
The family of a girl struck and killed by a taxi near a beach has settled their wrongful death case with the City of Los Angeles for $9.5 million. During negotiations, it was proven the city failed to take steps to protect pedestrian beach goers from traffic. In this issue, we’ll talk about what happened. … Read more
Distracted Driving Can Have Tragic Consequences
The recent case of a 17-year-old Anchorage boy sentenced to a year in prison after a distracted-driving collision speaks to the tragic consequences that can occur when someone chooses to text and drive. Murphy Madison Gross, 17, was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and three misdemeanor assault charges as part of a plea agreement. He … Read more