Alabama Wrongful Death Lawyers

When a loved one dies in an accident, the family has tremendous grief to deal with as well as wrongful death insurance claims. At J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law, we understand that you need time to grieve without the worry of dealing with insurance companies and others who want to settle your wrongful death claim as soon as possible.

If your family has lost a loved one because another person acted improperly, you may have a right to compensation for your loss. To learn more, contact J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law. We are committed to helping you to recover all damages you are entitled to receive because of your loss. We can provide a free initial consultation. Call (334) 356-1925, or toll free at (855)-94J-CLAY or take a moment to submit our online contact form.

Alabama's Wrongful Death Law
Under Alabama's Wrongful Death law, "survivors" of the deceased have the right to bring a legal action when their loved one's death is caused by the "wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty of any person, including those occurring on navigable waters." Eligible survivors include the decedent's spouse, minor children, parents and, "when partly or wholly dependent on the decedent for financial support or services," any blood relatives and adoptive brothers and sisters. "Minor children" are children younger than 25 years old, including adopted children.
Compensation recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit may include:
  • Lost earnings (of the deceased)
  • Lost support and services (including future losses)
  • Loss of companionship and protection (for the spouse)
  • Mental pain and suffering
  • Loss of parental companionship, instruction and guidance
  • Medical or funeral expenses.
How Wrongful Deaths Occur
Wrongful deaths can occur as a result of a variety of events, including:
  • Medical malpractice, which includes misdiagnosing patients, failing to diagnose them properly, failing to provide prompt or appropriate treatments, etc. According to research conducted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), about 98,000 Americans die annually due to preventable medical mistakes. Of these, around 7,000 wrongful deaths occur as a result of medication errors.
  • Motor vehicle accidents, including accidents resulting from drunk drivers, trucks, motorcycles, cars, etc. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 45,300 Americans die each year as a result of motor vehicle accidents. Currently, this fact makes vehicle accidents the leading cause of wrongful death in the U.S. Of the fatalities resulting vehicle accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that nearly 18,000 are caused by drunk drivers.
  • Product liability, which includes product flaws resulting from design flaws, manufacturing defects, failure to advertise or inform consumers of a product's potential dangers, etc. "Products" can include anything from toys and electronics to medications and housewares. Statistics for deaths resulting from unsafe products are divided by product. For example, 26 newborns die each year in the U.S. as a result of flawed cribs. Overall, product liability cases makeup about 7 percent of all personal injury cases.
  • Unsafe premises, which can result from poor lighting, unguarded stairways, unsafe equipment (such as ladders), slippery or wet flooring, lack of warning or safety signs, etc. Over 19,600 Americans die each year due to slip and fall injuries in unsafe conditions.
  • Workplace accidents, which can include assaults, falls, contact with unsafe equipment, exposure to toxins or other harmful substances, etc. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, over 5,800 individuals die as a result of workplace accidents each year.
Contact Our Alabama Wrongful Death Lawyers Today
We have over 15 year of experience advocating our clients' rights and winning settlements for those who have lost a loved one to a wrongful death. With our expertise in complexities of personal injury law, we can effectively argue wrongful death claims in trial, negotiate sizable settlements and help you recover from tragedy of a wrongful death.

Call J. Clay Benson, Attorney at Law, (334) 356-1925, or toll free at (855)-94J-CLAY or use our online contact form for a free, no-obligation initial consultation. If our lawyers can assist you, we will proceed on a contingency-fee basis. This means we don't get paid for our services until you recover money. Please call as soon as possible to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.