Spring Valley Wrongful Death Lawyer

Spring Valley Wrongful Death Attorney

No one expects their loved ones to die in an unusual way, but it happens more often than you think. If you have experienced the sudden passing of a loved one, then you know it can be extremely overwhelming. In some cases, it’s possible for the family to receive damages for any suffering they experienced if the victim’s death was due to someone else’s actions or inaction. For more information on your situation, contact a Spring Valley wrongful death lawyer.

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At Easton & Easton, we have experience fighting for what our clients deserve. We have recovered over $100 million in the last five years alone and have every intention of continuing this record in the future. Our team is dedicated to offering you personalized and compassionate representation, and we would be happy to learn more about your situation.

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What Is Wrongful Death?

Wrongful death claims can happen for a variety of reasons, including car accidents, dog or other animal attacks, medical malpractice, and more. For someone’s death to be considered a wrongful death, the following criteria must be met:

  1. The victim must be deceased.
  2. The way the victim (otherwise known as the decedent) died must have been caused by another person. This could have happened on purpose or on accident, but the death must have been directly caused by another person’s actions.
  3. If these two things happened, a direct beneficiary of the decedent can file a claim to recover damages.
    • If the beneficiary was married and/or had children, these individuals are considered first in line to file a claim.
    • If the beneficiary was not married and did not have any children, their parents, siblings, or other family members can file a claim. If they had a romantic partner but were not married at the time of death, that partner cannot file a claim.
    • If the beneficiary had an estate and a personal representative to manage that estate, that person could file a wrongful death claim.

A wrongful death case is a civil case, not a criminal case. This means that, instead of the defendant facing criminal charges, they might be expected to pay monetary damages. Accusing someone of criminal charges requires a different process.

Why Do I Need an Attorney?

The last thing any family needs to worry about is dealing with insurance companies or big businesses while recovering from the loss of a loved one. An attorney can help take care of negotiations with insurance companies, review settlements, and prepare court documents to take the pressure off you. They understand common strategies that insurance companies engage in to keep from paying out claims, including:

  • Discussions With Adjusters: Insurance adjusters can use the information they receive from you to deny a claim. If they determine that the decedent might be at fault for their injuries, they might refuse to give you adequate compensation. If you are considering filing a wrongful death claim, it might be a good idea to have your attorney speak with an adjuster on your behalf.
  • Low Compensation: Sometimes, an insurance company will offer a settlement that is lower than what is suitable for your situation in the hopes that you will accept it for a quick resolution. It is important to review settlement offers with legal professionals to prevent you from accepting too little too quickly.
  • Excessive Documentation: In some cases, additional documentation is needed to prove that the events in the insurance claim actually happened. However, insurance adjusters sometimes ask for excessive information that is irrelevant to the case at hand and is simply used to disprove or deny a claim. An attorney can determine what information is actually necessary for a claim and help you retrieve it.


Q: Why File a Claim for Wrongful Death?

A: Filing a claim for wrongful death can help the victim’s family financially recover from their death. The family can receive damages for costs like funeral expenses, medical expenses that occurred before the victim died, and other losses associated with the event. In some cases, filing a claim for wrongful death can give a family a sense of closure or the feeling that they received at least some compensation for such a tragic event.

Q: What Are Wrongful Death Claims Typically Filed Against?

A: Wrongful death claims are filed against individuals or parties who caused the victim’s death, regardless of whether they meant to do it or not. Beneficiaries often file wrongful death claims against distracted or drunk drivers, business owners or companies that engaged in negligent practices that caused the victim’s death, or medical providers who did not provide an adequate standard of care. This is not an exhaustive list, but claims against these entities are common.

Q: What Is the Wrongful Death Statute in Nevada?

A: The statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim in Nevada is two years from the date the person died. This means that the beneficiaries of the victim have up to two years to file a claim; otherwise, it might not be legally valid. In the case of medical malpractice, there might be extra time. The statute of limitations for medical malpractice is three years after the initial injury or two years after the injury was found if it was not identified right away.

Q: What Are General Damages for Wrongful Death?

A: Damages for wrongful death claims in Spring Valley are sorted as tangible and intangible damages. Tangible damages are easier to identify and put a price on, like funeral costs or the loss of income from the late victim. Intangible damages include any suffering the victim endured before their death, grief suffered by the family, and compensation for the future lack of time spent with the loved one. These damages are harder to determine.

Consider Your Options

Don’t let the stress and grief of a loved one’s passing in Spring Valley stop you from filing a wrongful death claim. A successful claim can make a huge difference in your quality of life after such a tragic event. To learn more about how to start preparations for a wrongful death claim, schedule a consultation with Easton & Easton to receive targeted support for your situation.

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Coming out of my first auto accident as an adult, a very difficult and scary time to navigate and understand, I was so incredibly thankful to have been put in contact with Easton & Easton. I honestly was lost with how to handle paperwork, doctors, medical costs and what next steps were, and from the moment I spoke with Travis Easton and my case manager Katie, my mind was put at ease. They have made the entire process stress free for me as I recovered, and I am so grateful for them and their genuine care for my case. Communication from the start has been fantastic, especially making clear what my expectations for the entire process would look like, and I truly believe they have my best interest at heart. 100% I would recommend their firm for anyone that is needing representation! Read more…

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I could not be more pleased with the services provided by the Law Offices of W. Douglas Easton. The senior partner Mr. Easton took the time to meet with me and my wife while I was still in the hospital, where he gave my family hope that there was light at the end of a very long, and very dark tunnel. Matt Easton then worked my case, and because of his dedication, experience and expertise I received a settlement that was larger than I EVER thought possible. It was truly astounding! Matt and the entire team at Easton & Easton looked out for me throughout my recovery, and in the end they gave me my life back. Five stars is not enough. Thanks Matt! Thanks Easton & Easton! Read more…

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Jeffrey N.

I was in a pretty bad car accident and decided to have Easton & Easton represent me, Travis Easton to be specific. Travis Easton and his paralegal made the whole process effortless. They were so understanding and helpful! The entire thing was a gigantic mess, yet Travis managed to make it run like clockwork. I would HIGHLY recommend Easton & Easton! If you are ever in need of a personal defense attorney Easton & Easton is the firm to represent you!

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They are the best law firm in Orange County period. Choosing them to represent me was the best decision of my life.
My life changed in a matter of seconds after a catastrophic spinal cord injury that left me disabled. Brian Easton and his team worked on my case non stop for 3 years and provided me the justice I deserved. I couldn’t have been more content.
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Brian Easton and his team, Gabe Mendoza and Amera Hajali, helped me during a very difficult time in my life. I had a significant injury from a car accident, and wound up seeking out Easton & Easton when I was having difficulties getting help from my doctors. The Easton team took a lot of stress off of me while acting as my advocates to help me get the care I needed, and saw my case all the way through to a healthy settlement.

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I was rear ended on my home and pushed into a semi-truck. I was not sure how to go about even using an attorney.
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