The loss of a loved one is always tragic, especially so when the loss is sudden and avoidable. If you've lost a loved one in or around Little Rock, you should speak with The Duncan Firm's experienced wrongful death lawyers as soon as possible about your options.
Navigating Arkansas' wrongful death laws can be tricky, and it's easy to be confused as to what you need to know. Our attorneys can examine your case and help you understand how the law applies to your specific situation.
The first step is simply determining if you are eligible to pursue a claim. Under Arkansas law, the appointed representative of the deceased's estate needs to file a wrongful death claim. If your loved one did not appoint such a representative, priority then falls to heirs and family members. These include:
Furthermore, if the deceased stood in loco parentis - that is, they assumed the legal responsibilities of parenthood for someone else – that individual or individuals has the right to file a claim. This is also true if someone stood in loco parentis for the deceased.
We understand you might still have questions after reading these explanations. If you've lost a loved one in the Little Rock, Arkansas area as the result of another party's negligence, please call The Duncan Firm today at 877-638-6226 for a free consultation. We'll help you decide what your next steps will be.