The sudden, untimely loss of a loved one is catastrophic for both emotional and financial reasons. We understand that when you've lost a family member due to another person's mistakes, the emotions are intense, and so are the financial pressures you're now facing.
Our Little Rock wrongful death lawyers understand that no amount of money can bring your loved one back, and no amount of money is going to eliminate the feelings of grief and anger you're feeling. But in this difficult time, compensation is vital for you and your family to weather the tragic circumstances you are now facing.
If you've lost a loved one in Arkansas as the result of another person's negligence, our wrongful death lawyers want to help. Please call Duncan Firm today at 877-638-6226 for a free consultation.
Elements of a Successful Wrongful Death Claim
Under Arkansas law, the first claim to a wrongful death lawsuit belongs to the deceased party's appointed personal representative. If your loved one did not appoint a representative, heirs and family members can file a claim. These include surviving spouses, children, siblings and parents.
If you file a wrongful death claim, you must establish the following elements:
- Fault: First, you must prove that the defendant breached a duty to your family member. This duty can be explicit – as in the duty a medical professional has to a patient, the breach of which can result in a medical malpractice case – or implicit, such as the duty we all have to each other on a daily basis to avoid putting other people in danger. A plaintiff in a wrongful death suit has to demonstrate that this breach resulted in the death of a loved one.
- Damages: A wrongful death case is about more than just the emotional pain of losing a loved one. The law recognizes that a sudden death in the family can result in severe financial consequences as well. A crucial component of any wrongful death suit is demonstrating that the loss of your loved one caused meaningful financial damage to your family.
- Timeliness: Finally, you need to file your wrongful death suit within three years, which represents the statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim in the state of Arkansas. Of course, you'll want to move fast – don't wait until your three years are almost up.
Why Choose The Duncan Firm
When considering a wrongful death lawsuit, it's important to choose a lawyer who is experienced in these cases. Wrongful death claims can get complicated, and the expenses associated with losing a loved one (medical bills, lost wages, funeral expenses and more) mean that compensation is a necessity, not a luxury.
Our attorneys can help if you've lost a loved one due to:
- Medical malpractice
- An auto accident
- Defective products
- An airplane accident
- An on-the-job accident
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals or other materials
We want to hear your story, and we want to help. We urge you to contact us as soon as possible in the aftermath of your tragic loss. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin the process of pursuing the justice and compensation you deserve.
If you need an experienced wrongful death lawyer in Little Rock and across Arkansas, please call Duncan Firm today at 877-638-6226 for a free consultation.