A little girl is killed when an 18-wheeler slams into the back of her family’s SUV. The truck’s brakes had not been maintained.
A father dies when hospital staff fails to treat an infection that becomes fatal.
A victim of domestic abuse is killed by her abuser.
If you have lost a loved one, you know firsthand the devastating grief of such a loss. But when the death was caused by another person’s or company’s negligence or harmful intention, that pain can be multiplied many times over.
A wrongful death occurs when a person is killed because someone caused their death either through negligence or intention. This means that a wrongful death can be the result of many events: a car accident (either in the case of immediate death or of later death due to injuries), medical malpractice, an environmental danger, or a homicide, for example.
When a family member dies, there can be dozens of things to attend to – funeral arrangements, notifying friends and relatives, medical expenses, estate and will issues, care for dependents or pets, wrapping up legal or financial issues concerning home or property. It’s hard to think about anything other than your emotional devastation and the mountain of tasks that must be handled. And it can feel wrong to think about a dollar amount as somehow being equal to your loss.
But the wrongful loss of a loved one, especially a parent, can leave a family financially devastated for the future. The loss of income can be life-altering, regardless of whether the person who died was the primary breadwinner or a second income. Such things as mortgages, college educations, family businesses and existing debt can all be in jeopardy. There also can be substantial medical bills, as well as funeral and other final expenses. And depending on the circumstances of the death, punitive damages may be awarded as well; a family can be compensated for their pain and suffering, and for the loss of companionship of their loved one.
Both the deceased, through his or her estate (see NRS § 41.100), and surviving family members (see NRS § 41.085) may have a claim for compensation. The surviving family members who can make a claim for wrongful death are those who would be considered “heirs” or those that would have inherited from the deceased if he or she had died without a will. A personal representative of the person who died or of the estate is appointed through probate to represent the estate.
If you or your family has suffered the loss of a loved one and believe it is due to negligence or wrongful intention, you need an attorney who has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation and trial advocacy. Las Vegas attorney Peter Mazzeo is one of Nevada’s leading trial attorneys and has more than two decades of criminal and civil litigation experience; he does not hesitate to go to trial. He understands negligence claims, insurance defense tactics, medical malpractice, bad faith claims, dangerous product liability, and premises liability. He has obtained multi-million dollar settlements for clients in the past, some without going to trial.
At Mazzeo Law, LLC, our attorneys don’t just negotiate; we prepare each case as if it’s going to trial, and litigate cases for our clients to obtain the maximum compensation possible. Why? When we show an insurance company that we are willing to fight for our clients all the way to trial, they are more likely to take us seriously and negotiate more reasonably.
And we understand that this is a complicated and difficult time. One of the priorities at Mazzeo Law is communication with our clients. We know that a client needs to speak to their attorney and needs to know what is going on with the case. Not all law firms make communication with clients a priority, but we take this responsibility seriously.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We want to help.