Carson City Wrongful Death Lawyer

Carson City Wrongful Death Attorney

The unexpected death of a loved one or family member can be an incredibly difficult tragedy. There are funeral considerations and often financial concerns following any death. While some deaths are unfortunate accidents, there are situations where an individual or group may be at fault for your loved one’s passing. This is where the work of a Carson City wrongful death lawyer can help.

At Easton & Easton, LLP, we understand the anguish of losing someone very close. With the right legal representation, our lawyers can hold the at-fault party accountable for their actions. Monetary compensation will not bring back your loved one, but it can relieve much of the stress that follows a sudden and unexpected death. We can fight for this compensation so you can focus on recovering from your grief.

Wrongful Death Cases Explained

Wrongful death cases in Carson City are not criminal matters. If someone is charged with involuntary manslaughter or a related charge, that case will be handled in criminal court. Wrongful death cases are civil, meaning they seek compensatory damages. While criminal cases require proof beyond a reasonable doubt, a wrongful death case requires a preponderance of evidence.

When someone is at fault, either through negligence or misconduct, for the death of another person, survivors of the deceased individual can file a lawsuit in the interests of the estate of the deceased person. Usually, this is a spouse, but close relatives can also file a claim.

Through negotiated settlements or a jury trial, if necessary, your wrongful death attorney in Nevada will fight to recover damages based on several factors. The degree of negligence is one factor. If someone willfully harmed another person, that adds to the malicious nature of the death. Someone assaulting an individual who later dies of his injury is one example. A jury may award punitive damages in those circumstances.

Expenses incurred by survivors due to the negligence of the defendant are also factors that can be considered when calculating an appropriate settlement offer. The deceased person’s age and earning capacity are other considerations, as the defendant may be liable for the years of lost productivity caused by the victim’s death.

Common Examples of Wrongful Death

There are many situations that can provide legal grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. Actions that have criminal consequences can also be addressed in civil court. For example, if your loved one was assaulted, shot, or attacked in another manner, the defendant could face both criminal and civil charges. There have been high-profile cases where someone was found not guilty of murder but civilly liable for the death of that same person.

Automobile collisions are another common incident that leads to a wrongful death claim. The negligent party may not have been paying attention to the road. A commercial trucking company may have failed to inspect their vehicle properly, which led to a tire blowout. If your loved one was involved in a car crash and died, your wrongful death lawyer can investigate the circumstances of that collision to determine if there are grounds for suing the at-fault party.

Property owners can be held accountable for not taking reasonable steps to provide a safe environment for visitors or tenants. Failing to provide adequate lighting, for example, could cause a slip-and-fall accident. The dark environment could attract criminals who assault residents or visitors.

Other possible situations that can lead to a wrongful death lawsuit include product defects, medical malpractice, boating collisions, and workplace accidents. Our law firm has represented clients in a variety of wrongful death cases, and we always fight for the maximum award possible.

What to Expect During Your Wrongful Death Court Case

Any civil case seeking monetary damages can take as long as several months or even longer to resolve. The wheels of justice sometimes move slowly, but our lawyers will be with you every step of the way. Once grounds are established for filing a lawsuit, our attorney will serve the defendant, who then has time to respond.

The litigation may begin with a demand letter detailing the facts of the case and the amount of monetary compensation the plaintiff is seeking. If the defendant does not settle immediately, there could be a lengthy negotiation period where both parties gather evidence and depose witnesses. If settlement talks fail, the case will go to trial.


Q: Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in NV?

A: The survivor of a wrongful death can file a lawsuit in Nevada. This is usually the spouse of the deceased person, but any close relative may be eligible to file a suit on behalf of the deceased individual. Your attorney can determine if you qualify as an heir or personal representative of the deceased person.

Q: Why Sue for Wrongful Death?

A: A lawsuit will not bring back your loved one, but it can help with closure. Holding the negligent party accountable is an important component of seeking justice through the courts. Any monetary settlement or court-ordered compensation can relieve the financial stress associated with the loss of a loved one. When criminal charges cannot be brought, families can seek justice through the civil courts.

Q: What Constitutes Wrongful Death in NV?

A: In the State of Nevada, any death caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another constitutes a wrongful death. Proving negligence is not always a straightforward matter, which is why seeking the legal services of an experienced wrongful death law firm is a critical first step. Your lawyer will work to prove that a preponderance of evidence supports your claims.

Q: What Is a Survival Action, and How Does It Differ from a Wrongful Death in NV?

A: A survival action refers to when the estate of a deceased person uses the courts to recover damages. These damages can go beyond simple compensatory figures. Survival actions are different from wrongful death actions that involve surviving family members, although the two legal processes are related and can be combined in the same lawsuit.

Contact a Carson City Wrongful Death Attorney Today

Easton & Easton, LLP, attorneys understand that no amount of money can repair the deep loss of a loved one. In the wake of that tragedy, monetary compensation can lend a sense of stability to a very unstable situation. If you believe that the loss of your loved one could and should have been prevented, contact our office today so we can hear the details of your case and consider what your next steps should be.

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