We understand that no amount of compensation can ever make up for the death of a loved one caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, but it can ensure that you will have increased financial security in the years to come.
A wrongful death claim is a legal avenue to seek justice for your loved one, hold responsible parties accountable, and recover compensation to help fill the financial gap left behind by your loved one’s death. In addition to dealing with the emotional shock of losing a loved one, the family must deal with multiple other issues including:
- Funeral arrangements and the associated expenses
- Locating assets of the deceased
- Identifying the cause of death and the possible responsibility of a third party
Our personal injury attorneys at Collins, Collins & Ray have helped many families in Little Rock who suffered a loss deemed wrongful death. We can ensure that you are compensated to the fullest extent of the law to help cover the monetary and emotional costs from losing someone close to you.
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What Is Wrongful Death?
A wrongful death case in Arkansas involves damages sought against another party for causing a death. When a person dies through the negligence or misconduct of another, surviving family members may sue for wrongful death.
Wrongful death can occur for many reasons, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Boating accidents
- Plane crash
- Medical malpractice
- Drunk driving wrecks
- Criminal acts
- Occupational exposure to hazardous substances
- Dangerous prescription medications
In Arkansas, wrongful death claims, also called “loss of life” claims, require a special administration to be set up through the Courts wherein authority to pursue the claim will be sought. It requires a keen understanding of Arkansas probate law and the legal system.
The wrongful death attorneys at Collins, Collins & Ray have the skill and experience necessary to resolve your wrongful death claim. We have been practicing law in Arkansas for 20 years and each of us has worked in public service. We have dedicated our professional development to helping others. Let us help you!
Arkansas Wrongful Death Damages
Wrongful death compensation may cover funeral expenses. In some cases, damages can be awarded for non-monetary items that the surviving family members were deprived of since the death of the loved one, including companionship, comfort, support, training, guidance, and counsel.
A number of factors are considered in determining damages in a wrongful death case including the age, condition, health, life expectancy, character, intelligence, and earning capacity of the deceased. In Arkansas, a “loss of life” claim allows you to seek compensation for the value that the deceased placed upon his or her own life. This is often difficult to prove without the help of an experienced attorney like those at Collins, Collins & Ray.
Why You Should Pursue a Wrongful Death Claim
Some people may think that it is somehow wrong or that there is no good reason to pursue a wrongful death claim because nothing can be done to bring the person back. However, there certainly are many reasons to pursue a wrongful death claim outside of just seeking monetary compensation, including:
- Holding the person or entity fully accountable – Some people may see it as unfair for the person or entity to act so carelessly and cause so much harm without any sort of accountability. In some cases where a death may be egregious, some people may not be able to rest until something is done to at least try to rectify the situation.
- Calling attention to the act before anyone else gets hurt – Some individuals may believe that if they sit back and fail to sound an alarm, someone else might be seriously injured or, worse, also die due to the same dangerous reason.
- Honoring the memory of the deceased – Sometimes the surviving relatives may want to make sure that every question about the death is answered to the best of their ability, especially when the person or entity is not being upfront about the mistake that was made. This is done because they believe it brings honor to their memory and helps them truly understand why it is they passed away.
- Surviving family was dependent on the deceased’s earnings – The death may have cut down a person who was in their prime earning years. In many cases, the person may have dependents that were relying on that income and support which is now lost forever due to their untimely death.
What to Do First If You Believe You Have a Wrongful Death Claim
We know that after a death occurs, your thoughts may be preoccupied with sadness and a myriad of other things. However, this is the most important time to be vigilant. Prompt investigation and preservation of evidence is key to the success of your claim. Your first step in a wrongful death case is to call Collins, Collins & Ray.
While you take the time you need to grieve, we can get to work for you. Our team will work tirelessly to investigate the circumstances of your loved one’s death, gather evidence, retain experts, and conduct depositions on your behalf. Large insurance companies may try to take advantage of you during this time, but we will aggressively safeguard your rights.
We will get to the bottom of why the fatality occurred and who is legally responsible for the incident. Once you receive what you are owed, you can begin to move on from this tragic loss.
Contact Us for a Wrongful Death Claim in Arkansas
If you have lost a loved one through someone’s negligence or wrongdoing, get in touch with Collins, Collins & Ray as soon as possible. We can help you hold the responsible party accountable in a wrongful death action in Little Rock! Contact us if you have any questions.