Little Rock Fatal Car Accidents
Attorneys Assisting Survivors of Fatal Crash Victims in Little Rock
Losing a loved one is a terrible tragedy under any circumstances. However, if you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. While a wrongful death claim will not bring your loved one back, it can at least provide assistance with the funeral expenses, medical bills, and other losses that often follow the death of a close family member. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our lawyers have assisted surviving family members in your position for over 30 years. Contact our firm today to discuss your options and allow our experienced Little Rock car accident lawyers to assist you through this difficult time.
Building a Wrongful Death Case After a Fatal Car Accident
Bringing a claim for wrongful death can be a complex and difficult process. For this reason, it is best to consult first with an accident attorney who has experience in handling complex auto accident cases.
Most states that provide a statutory framework for bringing a wrongful death claim require the claim to be brought by the proper party. Under Arkansas’ wrongful death laws, the surviving spouse of the decedent normally has priority in bringing the case. If the decedent did not leave a surviving spouse, then the wrongful death statute provides for other possible proper parties, such as surviving children or other next of kin. If there are no surviving family members to bring the claim, then the responsibility can fall outside of the family to the decedent’s personal representative or the administrator of their estate.
Once the proper party has been identified, the surviving family of the deceased victim will still generally need to prove that the party who caused the fatal accident was negligent in doing so. For example, the at-fault party could have been speeding down Interstate 430, looking down at a text on their phone, tailgating, driving while intoxicated, or any number of other negligent actions. Bringing a negligence claim requires proof sufficient to establish the elements of negligence, which are duty, breach, causation, and damages. Evidence to support a negligence claim can generally be obtained from a variety of sources, including witness testimony, phone records, police reports, video footage, and more. An experienced car wreck attorney in Little Rock will be able to assist you in pouring through these various sources of information to obtain the proof you need for your case to succeed.
After the proper party has been identified and proof of the at-fault party’s negligence has been obtained, the surviving family members can seek damages from the at-fault party. In the case of wrongful death, the damages available may include medical bills, pain and suffering from the time of accident until death, loss of consortium, funeral and burial costs, and more. Loss of income can play a large role in the amount of damages recovered in this type of case. Loss of future earnings can be established based on the decedent’s age, education, employment history, and earning power. A lawyer experienced in handling fatal car accident cases in Arkansas will be able to advise you on exactly what damages you are entitled to under the facts of your case.
Seek Guidance From a Knowledgeable Little Rock Attorney
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, let the Little Rock attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz help you fight for the compensation that you deserve. With over 30 attorneys and more than 120 support staff members, our firm has the knowledge and resources necessary to pursue maximum recovery in your case as allowed under Arkansas law, all while providing compassionate client service. Our firm serves surviving family members in Little Rock, Jonesboro, Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Hayti, Caruthersville, Oxford, Tupelo, Grenada, Columbus, Jackson, Meridian, Starkville, and other cities throughout Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, and Mississippi. Contact us today by calling 800-529-4004 or by filling out our online form. Let us show you why NST is the way to go if you need a motor vehicle wreck lawyer in Little Rock.
Most car accidents are preventable and occur as a result of errors by one or more drivers. To prove liability, you will need to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the driver owed you a duty of care, which was breached, and that your injuries resulted from the driver’s carelessness. Damages that may be available in these cases often include medical expenses, lost income, mental anguish, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Truck drivers are required to follow numerous detailed regulations, including rules related to hours of service, keeping a logbook, and maintenance procedures. Many of these regulations are intended to protect other people on the road from harm. In some states, if a driver violated a law that was enacted to protect the public, the violation can create a rebuttable presumption of negligence. Trucking companies are also required to follow a number of regulations, including rules related to background checks of drivers and proper supervision. They often may be held directly or indirectly liable for a truck accident.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates applications for disability benefits. Although many people pay into this system throughout their lives, many legitimate claims are initially denied, and this process may be less straightforward than claimants expect. The SSA uses a five-step sequential evaluation to determine whether to grant benefits to an applicant. Each step is considered in a set order. We can present your case in a persuasive manner and help you appeal a denial of a meritorious claim if needed. This could include representing you in a hearing before an administrative law judge.
Workers’ compensation functions slightly differently in each state. In Tennessee, for example, businesses that employ five or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured on the job, you may recover benefits, such as medical costs and disability. Neither your employer’s nor your own culpability for your injuries will prevent you from collecting these benefits. However, it may still be a struggle to obtain benefits from your employer’s insurer. We can help you navigate this challenging process.
If you were harmed by a health care professional’s failure to use the appropriate level of care in providing treatment to you, you may be able to recover compensation. Most medical malpractice lawsuits require retaining an expert to determine the accepted standard of care and explain what the defendant did that fell short of this standard, as well as how the inappropriate conduct caused the patient’s injuries.
When you buy a toy, car, medication, or other product, you do not expect to be hurt. If you are injured, you may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit. There are three types of defects that may be actionable: manufacturing, design, and marketing (also known as failure to warn). Manufacturers may be held accountable under multiple different theories, including strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, and concealment. For example, if you take a drug that causes you to develop cancer, but you were not told that a potential side effect of the drug was developing cancer, you may have grounds to hold the manufacturer strictly liable for its failure to warn you of the risk.
Nursing home residents are often elderly or disabled, and thus they are especially vulnerable to neglect, physical abuse, and exploitation by staff members. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are understaffed or employ staff members who are inadequately trained to deal with potentially frustrating situations. Nursing homes are required to protect their residents from physical, mental, and emotional harm by providing a safe environment, as well as adequately training and supervising staff. A failure to do so may be grounds for a nursing home negligence lawsuit for damages.
Property owners have a duty to keep their property reasonably safe. In most situations, this includes an obligation to inspect the property for dangerous conditions and fix them or provide warnings about them so that visitors are not harmed. One type of dangerous condition, which may present a particular problem in apartment complexes or shopping centers, consists of inadequate security measures such as broken locks, poor lighting, or a lack of security guards. A failure to take security measures when appropriate may allow third-party criminals to assault, rob, rape, or otherwise harm visitors and tenants. You may be able to recover damages if you can prove that the defendant knew or should have known about a history of attacks similar to yours and taken appropriate security measures to reduce the risk of further incidents.
Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer in Memphis or the Surrounding Regions
If you are dealing with a devastating injury or medical condition, the Memphis personal injury attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can evaluate and explain your options. Our firm has 30 attorneys and more than 100 staff members, and we serve injured people in many areas of Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky, including Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury, workers’ compensation, or Social Security Disability lawyer. Once you have learned more about our vigorous advocacy for the rights of the injured, you will realize that NST is the way to go.