There is no amount of money that can completely compensate you for the loss of a family member and it is impossible to make a family “whole” again after the death of a loved one. At Stokes Stemle, we understand this tragic truth and are here to help guide you and your family through the numerous legal issues that can develop after the passing of a loved one. It is completely normal to be upset and outraged when someone close to you is taken away due to the negligence or reckless of another.
Call us today and speak to one of our attorneys for a free consultation at 334.316.4123 and let us take some of the stress off of you and your family as we set up claims with the at-fault parties, communicate with the insurance companies and/or their attorneys and handle any other issues that may arise so that the family of the recently departed can focus on healing and rebuilding their lives.
At Stokes Stemle we work hard on behalf of the families and friends of the deceased to hold those responsible for the senseless loss of life accountable for their actions.
Who Can Sue in a Wrongful Death Case?
The State of Alabama enacted the Wrongful Death Statute which allows a personal representative of the deceased to file a lawsuit and recover damages for the “wrongful act, omission, or negligence of any person, persons, or corporation, his or her or their servants or agents, whereby the death of the testator or intestate was caused” within two years from the date of the loved one’s passing away. Ala. Code §6-5-410.
To put it simply, the Alabama Wrongful Death Statute empowers a family member to recover money from the individual or business whose conduct, negligence or failure to act caused the death of another.
Compensation for Wrongful Death
As we said earlier, no amount of money can replace a loved one or rewind time to bring them back, but compensation can help to ease the financial burden caused by the loss, punish those responsible for the sense loss of life and help ensure that a similar incident does not happen to another family in the future.
When a wrongful death occurs the victim’s family can recover damages for:
- Funeral and Burial Expenses
- Past Medical Expenses
- Punitive Damages
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of other benefits
- Loss of household services
- Loss of love, affection, companionship
- Loss of care, support, and protection
- Loss of the deceased’s training and guidance
A Wrongful Death action in Alabama is somewhat different than most other states in that the damages are almost completely focused on the actions of the party-at-fault. The Wrongful Death Statute in Alabama seeks to punish the party-at-fault who is found to be negligent or reckless and to deter similar acts by not only the defendant but also other individuals and/or entities.
The damages awarded in a wrongful death case are paid directly to the heirs of the deceased family member, unlike some other states where damages are made part of the estate.
Other Legal Issues That May Arise After a Loved One’s Passing Away
Many times the surviving friends and family members will encounter a variety of other legal issues during the course of their wrongful death claim. The legal professionals at Stokes Stemle have experience with these important legal issues that may arise and can assist you in such areas as:
- Creating an Estate
- Probating a Will
- Distributing Wrongful Death Proceeds to Heirs
- And More
When a tragedy like this strikes, the attorneys at Stokes Stemle are here to provide you with the support and advice you need during these difficult times.
Contact Stokes Stemle to See How We Can Help
If you have suffered the loss of a family member or a loved one as a result of someone else’s actions, the wrongful death attorneys at Stokes Stemle, LLC, are here to help you. We have helped countless other families and loved ones that have been placed in similar situations and are here to assist you in navigating the numerous issues that may arise following the death of a loved one so that you may concentrate on your family and grieving for the departed.
Call Stokes Stemle at 334.316.4123 to speak to an attorney now or complete the Free Legal Consultation Form to schedule your free legal consultation. We are happy to speak with you at any time regarding your wrongful death claims and how best to address the specific issues that you may have during this difficult time.
There is no cost to you for this service and there is no fee unless we make a recovery.