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What is Wrongful Death

What is Wrongful Death

Wrongful death is civil action in which damages are sought against a party for causing a death. When a person dies or is killed because of the negligence or wrongful actions of another person, the surviving family members may sue. An example is the famous case of former basketball player and actor O.J. Simpson. Murder charges could not be proven, but he was found guilty for wrongful murder.

Do you have someone that you believe was a victim of wrongful death? Nevada law states that there are two types of plaintiffs that can create a case for wrongful death. The first being the claim on behalf of the Estate. The second is people who qualify as heirs under Nevada’s the laws of intestate succession. Each heir can recover for his or her own “grief or sorrow, loss of probable support, companionship, society, comfort and consortium, and damages for pain, suffering or disfigurement of the decedent”. N.R.S. 41.085(4).

The decedent’s estate can recover for:

  • Decedent’s medical expenses
  • Funeral expenses
  • Punitive damages – for the egregious conduct of the defendant causing the decedent’s death

An individual’s financial compensation for wrongful death can include:

  • Grief and sorrow
  • Loss of probable support
  • Loss of companionship, society, comfort and consortium

Pain suffering and disfigurement of the decedent
Wrongful death can be a painful process while grieving the loss of a loved one. Miley Law offers their skilled and professional service to ensure that you get the most from this loss as you possibly can. For aconsultation, visit our website or call 702-942-0600.