Mobile Wrongful Death Attorney Recovers Damages During Difficult Times
Protecting the rights of families under the unique Alabama laws
Alabama wrongful death law is different than similar laws of any other state in the United States. Families that lose loved ones due to the negligent or wrongful acts of others must pursue punitive damages to help provide the funds they need to help them move forward.
Without experienced local Mobile wrongful death attorneys, you can lose the opportunity to receive any form of compensation for your loss. At the Law Office of J. Allan Brown, L.L.C. we have more than a decade of experience helping families present effective claims in court.
The difference between compensatory and punitive damages
The wrongful death laws in other states allow families to pursue compensatory damages, which essentially try to recover monetary damages to compensate for anticipated future costs. In typical wrongful death actions, families can pursue the loss of future income, as well as the loss of relationships or even the pain and suffering of the decedent prior to death.
But Alabama wrongful death law permits only punitive damages. Mobile wrongful death lawyers must persuade a jury to punish the parties whose negligent or wrongful acts caused the injuries and subsequent death of a loved one. If the loss occurred from a violent criminal act, an experienced attorney has a good chance of convincing a jury to award punitive damages. But when death results from an unfortunate accident, juries may believe enough punishment comes from having to live with the knowledge that their actions caused a death.
Do I Have a Wrongful Death Case?
To prove negligence, you will need to show that someone else owed a duty of care to your loved one and that they breached that duty. For example, driver’s are required to use care and caution when behind the wheel, so driving while intoxicated is considered negligent behavior.
You must also prove that the defendant’s negligent or unlawful behavior led to your loved one’s death. Assuming a drunk driver crosses over the centerline and causes a deadly crash, this action was clearly the cause of the fatality.
How do you know if you have a wrongful death claim? These claims are applicable when someone you care about would have otherwise had a personal injury case but was killed due to the intentional or negligent acts of another party.
How wrongful death attorneys in Mobile help grieving families move forward after their loss
As an experienced Mobile personal injury lawyer, J. Allan Brown understands the emotional and financial toll to families that lose loved ones under avoidable circumstances. He provides a full array of services to help families emerge from an emotionally charged situation.
Attorney Brown takes the time to develop the evidence needed to help convince juries of the need for punitive damages. And, although the Internal Revenue Service typically assesses taxes on punitive damage awards, J. Allan Brown advises his clients on their rights to an exemption available specifically for awards from Alabama wrongful death claims.
For a free consultation, contact an experienced wrongful death attorney in Mobile
If you lose a loved one due to the negligence of others, seek immediate support from an attorney with experience in the unique wrongful death laws in Alabama. For an accurate assessment of your claim, call the Law Office of J. Allan Brown, L.L.C. in Mobile at 251.473.6691, or contact us online.
The firm provides personal injury services on a contingency-fee basis. You pay no attorney fees until you obtain a settlement or award for your case.