Wrongful Death Laws in Alaska
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Losing a loved one suddenly is devastating, especially when it was caused by the negligence of another person. Although nothing can fully compensate you for your loss, pursuing a wrongful death claim may help you recover monetary damages for hospital bills, funeral expenses, loss of income and benefits, pain and suffering, and more.
At Zinda Law Group, our legal team has handled numerous wrongful death cases nationwide and helped our clients seek the justice and compensation they deserved. We are here to assist you through this difficult time, and as our client, you will pay nothing unless we win your case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one because of someone else’s negligence or willful misconduct, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive a 100% free case evaluation with our wrongful death attorneys.
What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Alaska?
A wrongful death suit can be brought when someone dies as a direct result of a “wrongful act or omission of another.” This wrongful act or omission includes negligence or carelessness.
Common examples of wrongful death cases are caused by medical malpractice, distracted drivers, and slip-and-falls. Wrongful death lawsuits can be brought based on a single event or on a pattern of intentional or reckless behavior.
Wrongful death claims can be either informally settled with the negligent person’s insurance provider or fought in court. A wrongful death suit may be brought in civil court, even if the defendant is not facing criminal charges related to the accident.
Who May File a Wrongful Death Claim in Alaska?
The legal representatives of the victim are able to file a wrongful death claim in Alaska. The personal representative, also known as the executor, is a party appointed to manage the estate.
Sometimes, a decedent’s will names a representative, but if it does not, the court may appoint a representative. Only the personal representative can bring a wrongful death case on behalf of the estate.
What Damages Are Available in an Alaska Wrongful Death Claim?
Alaska allows compensatory damages for survivors of a victim of wrongful death. These damages can be based on many different types of losses. For example, a victim’s survivors can be compensated for the lost wages the deceased would have earned, or lost child support that the victim’s family would have received.
The survivors may also be compensated for medical bills, funeral expenses, emergency costs, and any other costs associated with the injuries and death. If the victim experienced pain and suffering before passing, the beneficiaries may receive compensation. Survivors can also be compensated for their own loss of comfort, care, and guidance resulting from the death.
It is also possible to receive punitive damages. If the party responsible for the death displayed a “willful disregard for the safety” of the victim, the court may grant punitive damages to punish the defendant for his or her actions, and to ensure no one will be hurt in the future. Beneficiaries may be entitled to these damages as well.
When damages are awarded, they first are paid to the victim’s spouse, children, and other dependents. Surviving family members decide how to distribute the award. If they cannot decide, a court will decide the distribution. If there are no survivors, the compensation will be paid to the estate.
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Alaska?
A wrongful death complaint must be filed within two years from the date of death. However, if the victim was a minor, the statute may be delayed, but still must be brought within 10 years of date of death.
Wrongful death cases are incredibly complex, and if you wait too long to file a claim, there is a chance that evidence will be lost or that witnesses will forget details of the incident.
How Zinda Law Group Can Help
If you have lost a loved one from someone else’s negligence, the wrongful death attorneys at Zinda Law Group can help. We have handled numerous wrongful death cases and have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you build the strongest case possible.
We also believe that families should never have to worry about their ability to afford legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations and why you will pay nothing unless we secure a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your wrongful death claim. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
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