Wrongful Death Cases
A wrongful death occurs when a person is killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another individual, company or organization. A lawsuit for wrongful death belongs to the deceased person’s heirs at law, usually a surviving spouse or children, and sometimes parents. The general rule in Alabama in wrongful death cases is that the nature of damages is punitive. That means that the amount of money that the at-fault party from the car wreck or other negligent act must pay to the family is calculated in the way of punishment for taking a human life, not on the monetary value of the person who died. Alabama law does not treat one human life as more valuable than another when it comes to cases where death has been caused by a person or corporation being negligent, careless or even acting willfully.
Call our firm, John V. Martine, Attorney at Law, today for a free consultation. To talk about your family’s potential wrongful death case, call 205-606-6788 or send us an email. Se habla español.