Anchorage Wrongful Death Lawyer
Put Years of Experience in Your Corner
Losing a loved one under any circumstance is a devastating experience, particularly when it is the result of an accident caused by someone else. When a family member’s life is suddenly cut short as a result of the carelessness or negligence of another, the grief and feelings of loss can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are wrongful death laws in Alaska put in place in order to compensate the family members left behind for their loved one’s unnecessary and untimely death.
If your family has experienced the wrongful death of a loved one, you may benefit from the assistance of a Anchorage wrongful death attorney. At the Law Office of Ben Crittenden, we understand the challenges presented by wrongful death claims and the broad range of emotions that can come with them. Our Anchorage wrongful death attorney is a compassionate and effective advocate who can handle the legal aspects of your wrongful death claim while you spend this trying time with your loved ones. We are happy to help in any way we can to fight for the fair compensation and justice you deserve.
Grief Support for the Loss of a Loved One
We often need emotional support in addition to legal support when facing the loss of a loved one. Fortunately, there are many resources available throughout Alaska. Please visit the Alaska Grief Support Services to find locations near you that offer bereavement support:
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim?
The statute of limitations to file a wrongful death claim in Alaska is two years. This means you have only two years from the date of your loved one’s passing to file a claim or you will most likely lose your right to file and recover compensation. It’s worth noting that the date of your loved one’s death may not be the same as the date they suffered injuries that led to their passing. Exceptions to this do rule exist that can change the amount of time you have to file. Contact Law Office of Ben Crittenden our firm today to speak to an attorney about your case.
Wrongful Death Claims We Handle
Reach out to us when you’re ready to consult an Anchorage-based attorney experienced with a variety of wrongful death cases, including:
- ATV accidents
- Boating accidents
- Car accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Slip and fall accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
Elements of a Wrongful Death Claim
A wrongful death claim can be brought against a defendant whose negligence, recklessness, or intentional act caused or contributed to someone’s death. Wrongful deaths can be caused by a number of incidents, including car wrecks, work accidents, and falls.
If the victim had a will, a personal representative may have been named who can pursue a wrongful death claim on behalf of the victim’s estate. Otherwise, typically a close family member—a spouse, parent(s) who lost a minor child, or minor child who lost a parent(s)—can initiate an action. Laws concerning other relatives/scenarios vary from state to state. The plaintiff must show that:
- The defendant had a duty of care toward the victim (e.g., a motorist must drive responsibly and follow the rules of the road) and breached it,
- Demonstrate how the defendant’s negligence caused or contributed to the victim’s death, and
- Detail the economic damages resulting from the defendant’s negligence, an often complex process.
Since a wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action, the plaintiff must show that it’s more likely than not that the defendant was liable for the wrongful death (“preponderance of evidence”), which is a lower threshold than a criminal trial’s “beyond a reasonable doubt.” A plaintiff may seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral costs
- Loss of future earnings
- Financial support
- Loss of care, comfort, and consortium
In addition to wrongful death damages, a plaintiff might be able to pursue a “survival action”—personal injury damages for the deceased’s conscious pain and suffering (physical and emotional) for the time between their injury and their passing. If you have lost a close family member due to negligent conduct, contact an experienced Anchorage wrongful death attorney to fight for you as soon as possible.
How an Experienced Anchorage Attorney Can Help
Although you do not need an attorney to file a wrongful death claim, it can be helpful to have a lawyer do some of the legwork. Experienced Anchorage wrongful death attorneys such as Ben Crittenden understand how to accurately calculate how much compensation you are entitled to and build a claim that will set you up for the maximum reward.
An Anchorage wrongful death lawyer can also help you hold the responsible party accountable for their actions, which can help grant you and your family some closure and peace of mind. An attorney can help with the following:
- Communicating with the at-fault party’s attorney,
- Obtaining the necessary evidence to prove your claim,
- Organizing medical records and bills incurred before the death,
- Ensuring all medical records, wills, and other relevant documents are in order, and
- Negotiating with the insurance company to reach a satisfactory settlement.
If an agreement cannot be reached between you and the negligent party, an attorney can help you file a lawsuit to recover damages.
Representing Families & Offering Free Consultations
Was your loved one fatally injured in Alaska? Want to know if you have a legal case and what it is worth? We can help ensure that you receive justice for your loved one. Alaska attorney Ben Crittenden has helped countless fatal accident victims’ families, and he can put his experience to work for you. Call his Anchorage office today or take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page to learn more.