HAVE YOU LOST A LOVED ONE BECAUSE OF SOMEONE ELSE’S ACTIONS?
When someone is killed as a result of another person’s negligence or wrongdoing, his or her family is confronted with a devastating loss. Oftentimes, this loss is accompanied by financial stress, especially when the deceased was the key income provider. The Alabama Wrongful Death Statute is unique in that any money damages awarded are entirely punitive (designed to punish the wrongdoer), rather than compensatory. However, any recovery by the family (or other designated personal representative) can, of course, be used to compensate for lost income, lost future earnings and to offset expenses. On an emotional level, a wrongful death lawsuit brings not only justice, but also closure because the family knows steps have been taken to prevent others from experiencing a similar fate at the hands of those responsible.