Types of Wrongful Death Cases

When a loved one is lost suddenly, this can be one of the most difficult experiences that those left behind can go through. This is particularly difficult when the death was not the result of natural causes but was instead resulted from the negligence of another person. Surviving loved ones experience anger, grief, fear, and want justice. While a lost loved one cannot be brought back, a Nevada wrongful death lawsuit may help provide some closure as well as monetary compensation to ease the financial burdens of the survivors.

Under Nevada law, a wrongful death claim is allowed when one party’s wrongful or neglectful actions led to the death of another. Some examples of wrongful death cases include:

  • Car Accidents: Car crashes are one of the top causes of injuries and deaths across most of the states in the nation, including Nevada. If your loved one was taken from you as a result of a car accident, you may be able to hold the at-fault party legally and financially responsible if you can establish that the crash would not have occurred but-for the at-fault party’s actions. 
  • Bicycle and pedestrian accidents: When a cyclist or pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, especially if the car is moving fast, the likelihood of survival is slim to none. The surviving family members of the deceased victim can bring a wrongful death claim against the driver of the vehicle or any other party that may be at fault;
  • Medical malpractice: When death happens at the hands of a trusted medical professional, it can be devastating and shocking. The U.S., however, sees more than 250,000 medical malpractice-related deaths each year. When a medical professional fails to meet the standard of care that another medical professional would in the same situation, you may have a valid wrongful death claim.
  • Defective products: When consumers buy products, they rightly presume they will function as advertised and not be harmful. When a defective product — whether a medication, toy, medical device, vehicle, or other product — fails to be safe, a wrongful death may occur. Possible defendants include the designer, manufacturer, retailer, and even advertiser of the defective product. 
  • Premises liability accidents: Property owners have a duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition. When someone slips, trips, falls, drowns, is the victim of a violent crime, or experiences some other type of injury on another’s property due to the owner’s failure to meet this duty and a death results, a wrongful death action may be filed.

The above list is just some of the most common wrongful death cases available under Nevada law. Under Nevada Revised Statutes NRS 41.085, when someone dies due to the wrongful act or neglect of another, the personal representative and heirs of the deceased have the right to pursue a wrongful death claim. 

Contact our Nevada Wrongful Death Lawyers Today

If you have lost a loved one in a wrongful death due to the fault of another in Las Vegas or the greater Nevada area, it is important to contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to discuss your rights. H&P Law has years of experience helping victims in and out of the courtroom fighting for the compensation they deserve. Contact us today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers. 

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