Wrongful Death Lawyers
At NST Law, our compassionate Nashville wrongful death attorneys understand the emotional and financial stress that comes from a sudden, unexpected death in a family. While no amount of money can bring back your loved one, we are passionate about helping families like yours find justice and pursue maximum compensation.
Table Of Contents
- Why Choose NST Law As Your Nashville Wrongful Death Attorneys
- Types of Nashville Wrongful Death Cases We Handle
- Who can sue for wrongful death in Tennessee?
- What types of compensation are available in a Nashville wrongful death lawsuit?
- How long do I have to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Tennessee?
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Nashville wrongful death lawsuits
- Contact Us For Your Free No-Obligation Case Review
Why Choose NST Law As Your Nashville Wrongful Death Attorneys
If your family has lost a loved one because of negligent actions by the responsible party, you should never have to face the resulting complexities alone. Our personal injury lawyers in Nashville, TN, use our over 32 years of experience to offer personalized and compassionate legal representation during these difficult times.
Our dedication to our clients has helped us win millions in settlements and verdicts on their behalf. Below are a few of our wrongful death results:
- $6,301,713 on behalf of a 65-year-old killed in a truck accident
- $1,300,000 on behalf of a deceased fetus in a car accident
- $1,400,000 on behalf of a husband who was killed in a head-on collision and a seriously injured wife
The experienced legal team at our Nashville law office also represents family members living throughout the metropolitan area, including those in Murfreesboro, Franklin, Brentwood, and Lebanon.
Testimonials From Our Nashville Clients
Our Approach to Help You Get the Compensation You Deserve After the Death of Your Loved One
- Thoroughly investigate the accident that led to the loss of your loved one
- Work with experts to build your case for compensation
- Negotiate a fair settlement for your losses with the party responsible
- Represent you in court if the at-fault party is unwilling to offer a fair settlement
- Handle all aspects of your case with compassion during this difficult time
Types of Nashville Wrongful Death Cases We Handle
Wrongful death can occur in multiple situations, with motor vehicle accidents the most common. Negligence is almost always a factor.
At NST Law, we handle a variety of different types of wrongful death cases, including:
Additionally, we also handle wrongful death suits due to medical malpractice and nursing home abuse.
Who can sue for wrongful death in Tennessee?
In Tennessee, a wrongful death claim must be filed by the decedent’s closest living relative. In many cases, this is the deceased person’s spouse, child, or parent. In cases without the proper family member, the deceased person’s estate administrator or their personal representative can file the claim.
What types of compensation are available in a Nashville wrongful death lawsuit?
Your surviving family members may be able to recover economic, non-economic, and punitive damages, depending on the facts of your case.
Economic damages are monetary losses, such as medical bills, funeral expenses, and the pecuniary value of the decedent’s life. This includes loss of income or potential income.
Non-economic damages are non-monetary losses that include loss of parental guidance, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering of the deceased.
Non-economic damages are capped at $750,000, except in cases of minors whose parents are the victims. In these cases, the limit is $1,000,000.
Punitive damages are awarded as a punishment against a defendant who caused the death through malicious, intentional, fraudulent, or reckless behavior. Punitive damages are limited to twice the total compensatory damages or $500,000, whichever is greater.
How much compensation will my family receive?
The amount you receive will vary by the facts of your case. If the deceased is partly at fault, the compensation will be reduced proportionally to the share of fault. If the deceased’s share of fault is 50% or higher, compensation is barred. The victim’s age, financial status, and relationship with family members are also considered.
How long do I have to file a wrongful death lawsuit in Tennessee?
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Nashville wrongful death lawsuits
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about wrongful death lawsuits in Nashville:
Can family members file separate wrongful death claims?
Families may file one action per wrongful death. If additional actions are filed, the additional action will be made a party to the first action. Regardless of which family member filed the action, the proceeds will be awarded to the estate and divided among the surviving spouse, children, and next of kin.
How are the proceeds distributed after the settlement or verdict?
Wrongful death proceeds are distributed to the surviving spouse, children, next of kin, or to the executor of the estate for the benefit of the family. If any of the survivors are minor children, the court may order their share of the proceeds to be placed in a trust fund for their benefit.
Proceeds may be distributed as a lump sum or structured settlement, where the family receives a fixed amount every month or year. Upon payment of the claim, your attorney will apportion the award as ordered by the court.
Will I have to pay taxes on any compensation received from a wrongful death lawsuit?
Economic and non-economic damages are usually not taxable under IRS rules, but punitive damages may be taxed.
How much does it cost upfront to hire a Nashville wrongful death lawyer?
Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing until and unless we win compensation on your behalf.
Contact Us For Your Free No-Obligation Case Review
If your family has lost a loved one because of negligent actions by the responsible party, you should never have to face the resulting complexities alone.
Contact NST Law today for a free consultation.