No amount of money can bring back a beloved family member who died in an accident. There is nothing that can truly make your family whole again when you lose a loved one, especially when the loved one’s death is due to someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional acts. However, obtaining compensation from the parties responsible can help ease the financial burden of losing a beloved family member and provide you and your family with some measure of justice and closure.
The Montgomery wrongful death attorneys at Stokes Stemle, LLC understand how tragic it can be to lose a family member due to someone else’s wrongful acts. Our attorneys are here to guide your family through the process of pursuing a wrongful death claim.
We know that it is normal to be upset and outraged when a loved one is killed due to the negligence or recklessness of someone else. That is why our attorneys will stay focused on pursuing the compensation and justice that your family and your loved one need and deserve.
Contact the Montgomery wrongful death attorneys of Stokes Stemle, LLC today to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers to discuss your family’s rights and legal options. Let our firm take the stress of pursuing a wrongful death claim off of you and your family.
We are prepared to conduct a thorough investigation into what happened, notify the at-fault parties of your family’s claim, negotiate with insurance companies and defense lawyers, and handle all the legal requirements and issues that arise, including taking your case to trial if necessary. These professional legal services will enable your family to focus on cherishing the memory of your loved one, begin the healing process from the loss, and rebuild your lives.
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Who Can Sue in a Wrongful Death Case in Alabama?
Unlike many other states, Alabama’s wrongful death statute does not permit the surviving family members of a decedent (the legal term for the person who passed away) to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the decedent or the decedent’s surviving family members.
Instead, the statute authorizes the personal representative of the decedent’s estate to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the estate. The estate generally consists of the cash and other property assets belonging to someone at the time they passed away.
In addition, all money damages recovered in the case are paid to the decedent’s estate and then distributed according to the decedent’s will or according to Alabama probate laws governing distribution.
Of course, it is possible and customary for a family member of the decedent to be appointed personal representative, especially if the decedent left a will that appoints a family member as executor of the decedent’s estate.
To put it simply, the Alabama wrongful death statutes allow grieving family members to recover compensation if someone else’s conduct, negligence or failure to act caused their loved one’s death.