It is a property owner’s responsibility to maintain their business or home and keep it a safe environment for all types of visitors. This includes people of all ages, as well as people with disabilities; someone on crutches or in a wheelchair should be able to safely navigate a store or other premises without being injured because of their condition. When a person is injured or dies on a property due to unsafe conditions, the owner can be held liable.
If your loved one has died while on another person’s or company’s property, you may be able to seek a wrongful death award. To learn more, speak with an experienced Jonesboro wrongful death attorney today. Our legal team at Wells & Wells will investigate your case to determine whether the accident was caused due to another’s negligence.
Who Can Seek Compensation?
A person can seek damages in a wrongful death case if the deceased person is found to be less than 50% responsible for their death.
According to Arkansas Statute 16-62-102, the following people can seek damages in a wrongful death case:
- Anyone who the deceased was a guardian to
What is Considered When Determining the Amount of a Wrongful Death Award?
The amount of financial compensation that you receive depends on a variety of factors, including but not limited to:
- The extent of your loved one’s medical bills and pain and suffering. A quick and sudden death may not incur medical costs, but a broken hip caused in a slip and fall, and a resulting case of pneumonia and months in the hospital will surely add up to a considerable amount. Pain and suffering of your loved one is also considered.
- Your loss of joy of life.
- Loss of a financial provider. If you depended on your loved one for financial support (for example, if they were the breadwinner) you may collect damages for what they would have earned throughout the remainder of their working life span.
- Loss of consortium, which is the loss of a companion and particularly relevant for parents who left young children behind.
- Funeral and burial costs.
- Legal fees.
At Wells & Wells, we know there is a wide range of ability among personal injury and wrongful death attorneys in Arkansas. Going with the most experienced and professional law firm and choosing a lawyer who will invest their time heavily into your outcome will optimize your chances for optimal results.
Common Types of Premises Accidents that Lead to a Fatality
Any number of accidents can lead to an injury, but very specific incidents may lead to a fatality.
The following are the most common kinds of fatal accidents:
- Slip and falls
- Dog attacks, which account for more than 1/3 of homeowner’s claims, according to the Insurance Information Institute
- Falling objects
- Motor vehicle accidents
Reach out to a professional Jonesboro wrongful death attorney today for help. We fully realize that no amount of financial compensation will bring back your loved one or make this terrible tragedy right, but by holding the negligent party accountable for their careless or reckless actions, you can avoid bankruptcy and set yourself up for a more stable financial future. Our legal team at Wells & Wells is comprised of personal injury attorneys who have over 50 years of combined experience, helping you obtain the results you deserve.
Contact us at your earliest convenience by calling (870) 782-4084.