An unexpected loss of a loved one is a tragic experience that can put your life on hold. The loss can change everything—the patterns of your everyday life as well as what you were planning for the future. It can be even more painful when you and your family learn that someone’s negligence led to your loved one’s passing. Knowing that someone is responsible can leave you with many questions and you’re probably wondering what actions you can take. If you’re seeking justice, you’re going to need a Fayetteville wrongful death lawyer at your side.
McMath Woods P.A. has helped many grieving families with wrongful death claims. We know that you’re going through an incredibly difficult and emotional time and handling legal matters may seem like too much. But we’re here to provide the expertise you need to have a successful claim. Our lawyers are compassionate and dedicated to helping Arkansas families.
Your claim will need details on what happened and why. When our lawyers investigate your case, you’ll know we’ll do everything we can to get to the truth. We’ll review accident reports, medical records, and anything else that will give us a clear picture of what led to your loved one’s death.
How Does Wrongful Death Occur?
Whenever someone acts negligently, they are putting others around them at risk of injury or worse. Our attorneys have handled a myriad of wrongful death cases. Let’s take a look at some of the most common ways wrongful death occurs.
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Worksite Accidents
Many of us trust medical professionals to take care of us, whether we’re in a hospital, getting a new medication, or if our loved one is in a nursing home and needs 24/7 care. If a medical professional makes a mistake or doesn’t give someone the care they need, their life could be put at risk. This could be a nurse administering the wrong medication, a doctor failing to diagnose a patient when they should have recognized the symptoms, or a nursing home not giving a senior their medication on time or not having safety protocols in place to protect the senior from falling.
Whenever a negligent driver is on the road, they could cause an accident that results in death. Negligent car and truck drivers alike may pay more attention to their phone, try to complete another task, or drive above the posted speed limit. Motorcyclists are in danger of fatal injuries because they lack the protection other vehicles provide.
Slip and fall accidents can happen in hospitals and nursing homes, but they can happen on any premises that doesn’t take measures to prevent falls. Severe falls can cause brain damage, which can be fatal. Senior citizens are at a higher risk of falling. If they sustain injuries, they may also get an infection that they may not be able to fight.
Wrongful death can also happen in the workplace. Construction workers can suffer fatal accidents if others act negligently on the job site. However, workers in other industries can lose their lives because of negligence as well.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Arkansas Code §§16-62-101-102 states that a personal representative of the deceased can bring a wrongful death claim forward. If there isn’t a personal representative, then the heirs of the deceased can do so.
Your lawyer can help you make sure all the details are in order and the claim gets to the right people. When building your claim, we’ll look for evidence of how to prove the negligent party owed your loved one a duty of care, didn’t meet the duty of care, and caused your loved one’s death.
How Can a Claim Help You?
While losing a loved one causes immeasurable grief, you and your family can also suffer significant damages. If you depended on their income, you may be worried about your livelihood. There’s also the loss of consortium if you managed a household or were raising a family together.
Your wrongful death claim will take these damages into account. Our lawyers will fight for funeral and burial expenses, loss of earnings, loss of companionship, and more. While it can be difficult to think about putting a price on what you’ve suffered, you can think of the wrongful death claim as the personal injury claim your loved one would have filed had their injuries not been fatal.
Your claim can bring financial peace of mind to you and your family. You can grieve without worrying about how you’re going to pay bills or keep food on the table.
We Help Arkansas Citizens
McMath Woods P.A. fiercely protects the rights of Arkansas citizens. When you’ve lost a loved one because of negligence, you may be able to take legal action. We’ll fight on your loved one’s behalf and show the liable party what their actions caused. Get in touch with our office as soon as possible so we can review your case. If we believe you have a valid claim, we can start discussing how to proceed.