According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 136,053 unintentional injury deaths in 2014. Common causes of these fatalities include slip and fall accidents, motor-vehicle collisions, and unintentional poisonings.
Losing a loved one to an easily preventable incident is unbearable. If the deceased was the sole breadwinner of your family, you may be facing financial turmoil in addition to overwhelming grief.
Although no amount of money can undo the emotional hardship, you may be able to restore financial stability by filing a wrongful death claim. If you would like to discuss your case with an injury lawyer in Omaha, turn to Rensch & Rensch Law.
Our attorneys have more than 45 years of combined legal experience representing the injured. Call 1-800-471-4100 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
What Constitutes “Wrongful Death” in Nebraska?
Every state has its own guidelines for filing a wrongful death claim after losing a loved one. In order to determine if you have a valid claim, you need to know how Nebraska defines wrongful death.
Nebraska Revised Statute Chapter 30 Section 809 defines wrongful death as a death that occurs as a direct result of the negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing of another party. Wrongful death ultimately falls under personal injury law, and because the deceased cannot file a personal injury claim against the liable party, his or her family can do so on behalf of the deceased.
There are two main purposes of wrongful death lawsuits: to protect the deceased’s estate and to protect any surviving family members who suffered damages as a result of the death.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Nebraska?
Pursuant to Nebraska Revised Statute Chapter 30 Section 810, a legal representative of the deceased’s estate can file a wrongful death claim. This would typically be an immediate family member, such as a spouse, parent, or child.
What Kind of Damages Can You Recover in a Wrongful Death Suit?
Wrongful death lawsuits are similar to other personal injury cases in that they allow you to pursue damages associated with the accident. These include medical bills, property damage, and rehabilitation costs. In addition to these damages, wrongful death suits allow you to pursue compensation for funeral expenses, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
If your loved one died due to another person’s negligence in Nebraska, contact Rensch & Rensch Law. An Omaha injury lawyer will evaluate your case, gather evidence, interview witnesses, calculate your damages, and help you pursue the maximum compensation. If your case goes to trial, we have the litigation experience to represent your interests in court.
Our attorneys have litigated more than 100 jury trials, and if we do not win your case, you will pay no attorneys’ fees. Call 1-800-471-4100 today to schedule a free initial consultation.