No amount of money can make up for the loss of a loved one, but compensation can help families get out from under heavy financial burdens. The medical fight trying to save a loved one can be extremely expensive. Also, losing a main household provider creates financial hardship. When your loved one’s death was caused by someone’s negligence or wrongful act, a Las Vegas wrongful death lawyer can help you recover compensation.
Under Nevada statutes, the following family members have the legal right to sue for wrongful death:
- Spouses and domestic partners
- Children and stepchildren
- Decedent’s heirs
Personal representatives of an estate can also sue and recover economic expenses for the estate. Unlike some state laws, Nevada laws also recognize putative spouses and their children in wrongful death actions. A putative spouse is a spouse who believed the marriage was valid even though it turns out it was not and was either a void or voidable marriage. Bigamy is one example of a putative relationship. Also, minors who resided with the decedent for the previous 180 days and were dependent upon the person for more than half of their support can bring a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation.
If you have questions about your legal rights to recover compensation, a Las Vegas wrongful death attorney can evaluate your circumstances and explain what damages you can seek ― economic, non-economic and, in certain cases, punitive damages.
Huggins & Maxwell has extensive experience handling wrongful death cases and has compassion for your situation.