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Can an Unmarried Partner File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Published on Feb 20, 2020 at 2:43 pm in Wrongful Death.

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Losing your partner in an unexpected death is hard enough. It’s even harder when their death could have been avoided. When that’s the case, you can file a wrongful death claim through a Little Rock wrongful death lawyer. Since you’ve experienced a tragedy, you deserve compensation for you and your loved one’s pain and suffering, as well as other damages. But can you file a wrongful death claim when you and your partner were not married?

How Can a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Bring Peace of Mind?

Published on Feb 14, 2019 at 11:03 am in Wrongful Death.

Unexpectedly losing a loved one completely turns a family’s life upside down. The deceased’s loved ones suddenly have to plan a funeral and burial, grieve their loss, and adjust to a new way of life. These matters are often worse when their loved one died because of an individual’s or company’s negligence. In these cases, it may be some small comfort to bring the responsible party to justice.

Here are a few reasons why filing a lawsuit may be in your family’s best interests:

What Is A Contingency Fee?

Published on Feb 24, 2016 at 3:29 pm in 18-Wheeler wreck, Brain Injuries, Car Insurance, Car Wrecks, Consumer Awareness, Wrongful Death.

A contingency fee is a fee charged by an attorney to a client contingent upon the outcome of the matter.  Contingent fees in personal injury and wrongful death cases are allowed in Arkansas if the agreement is in writing and states the method for computing the fee, including the percentage of the fee and how costs will be handled.  See Arkansas Rules of Professional Conduct 1.5(c).

McMath Woods has served injured Arkansans since 1953.  Over the past sixty-three years, we’ve handled many personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingent basis.  If you or a loved one has been injured and you need to hire an Arkansas lawyer on a contingency fee, please feel free to give us a call at McMath Woods.  

Arkansas Wrongful Death Law

Published on Jul 25, 2014 at 6:43 pm in loss of life, mental anguish, Uncategorized, Wrongful Death.

States have vastly different law concerning wrongful death cases–cases where it is alleged that certain acts caused death. Arkansas wrongful death laws allow for the recovery of what is termed “loss of life” damages by the Estate of the person killed, commonly referred to as the decedent. Loss of Life damages have been defined by the Arkansas Supreme Court as the “value that the decedent would have placed on his or her own life.” Durham v. Mayberry, 356 Ark. 481, 156 S.W.3d 242 (2004). Other forms of damages are also allowed for the Estate, including any conscious pain and suffering experienced prior to death. Wrongful death beneficiaries of the decedent under Arkansas law can include any living children, spouse, siblings, mother and father. Each has a separate claim for mental anguish. Anyone who believes a loved one or family member has a wrongful death claim should consult an attorney. Folks with venue choices should at least consider Arkansas law before filing in other states.

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