Losing a loved one can be extremely difficult when it happens because of old age or natural causes. However, sometimes we lose loved ones because of someone else’s negligence. This is known as “wrongful death” and it happens to hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. When faced with the hardship of a death caused by a faulty product or a collision on the road, you deserve the help of an attorney who can provide compassion for a victim’s family and dedication to fighting for their case in court.
Understanding Wrongful Death in Nevada
According to agencies like the Department of Justice and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the rate of wrongful death has increased in recent years, becoming a more common outcome in medical malpractice claims, highway accidents, and prescription drug fatalities. The CDC goes on to add that an estimated 29 million people are taken to the emergency room for accidental injuries every year, with more than 120,000 victims dying as a result of their injuries.
Extreme factors such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury (SCI) are a major contributor to cases of wrongful death. A 2007 report by the Nevada Center of Health Statistics and Informatics (NCHSI) found that 70% of all TBI and SCI victims were likely to be male, while around 44% were between the ages of 15 and 34. Most were involved in motor vehicle accidents, either as drivers, passengers, or pedestrians.
Frequently Asked Questions about Wrongful Death
1. How can a wrongful death occur?
A survey by the CDC found that the most common causes include:
- Motor vehicle collisions and other traffic accidents
- Falling accidents (also known as “slip and fall” accidents)
- Workplace hazards
- Medical malpractice
- Defective pharmaceutical drugs
2. What kind of compensation can a wrongful death victim get?
According to Nevada state law, a plaintiff in a wrongful death suit can claim damages such as:
- Medical bills
- Funeral costs
- Financial support for the victim’s surviving family
- Penalties against the defendant
- General pain and suffering
3. What are the limitations on a wrongful death suit?
In Nevada, there is generally no cap on a wrongful death settlement. The only exception is for cases of medical malpractice, where the damages for pain and suffering are capped at $350,000. In the event of a medical malpractice case, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death suit stands at 1 year from discovery of the issue and 3 years from when the malpractice occurred. For any other negligence that results in a wrongful death, the statute of limitations is 2 years from the date when it occurred.
What David Boehrer Can Do for You
Unlike other lawyers, David Boehrer’s career was focused because of his first case, which involved the wrongful death of a young girl in a collision with a fire truck that didn’t gave fair warning. Because no one held the city responsible for her death, David was motivated to stand up for other victims of wrongful death and put their families’ suffering under the law’s spotlight. If you have suffered the same kind of hardship, you can rest easy knowing that our law firm will bring the same passion and hard work to handling your case and ensuring that you get the best reward from the responsible party.