According to Las Vegas Metro Police, a 22-year-old man is dead following a crash in the northeast Valley. The accident occurred around 8:40 p.m. when the driver of a 2004 Lincoln LS lost control of the car. The vehicle slid across the roadway and hit a wall. The driver suffered serious injuries, while the passenger, Manual Barrios, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was taken to UMC. Police are currently investigating the cause of the crash.
Wrongful Death Law in Nevada
If you have lost a loved one in an accident, you may have grounds to seek compensation under a wrongful death suit. This type of lawsuit is brought in the civil court by the surviving family or estate of the victim. It is essentially a personal injury claim, but conducted on behalf of the deceased victim who cannot bring charges him or herself. In Nevada, you have two years from the time of the victim’s death to bring a wrongful death claim.
Nevada law allows only certain family members to bring a wrongful death suit, including:
- The surviving spouse, domestic partner or children of the deceased
- The parents of the deceased if there is no surviving spouse or children
- The personal representative of the victim’s estate
In some instances, others may be able to bring a wrongful death suit. However, they must prove that they were a dependent of the deceased at the time of death. This can include a stepchild or other dependent who may not be related to the deceased.
What Damages Are Available in a Wrongful Death Suit?
Like traffic accident personal injury cases, wrongful death suits can result in the at-fault party paying compensation to the plaintiff. Special damages you may seek in a wrongful death suit include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical expenses from the time of the accident until the victim’s death
- Pain and suffering the victim experienced before death
- Lost wages and benefits the victim would have provided if he or she had lived
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of benefits to heirs
In some cases, you may also be able to seek punitive damages, which penalize the at-fault party if they acted in an intolerable and extremely negligent way which caused the victim’s death.
If you have lost a loved one due to another’s negligence, give the team at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas a call today. We have experience and specialized skills in wrongful death law and can help you seek the maximum amount of compensation from the at-fault party.