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Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations

a couple mourningThe wrongful death of a beloved family member can leave surviving relatives in emotional and financial turmoil. Not only must the family work through the sudden and unjust loss of a loved one, but they must also deal with the loss of financial support that person would have provided.

As such, it’s important for families to know what constitutes a wrongful death and how to pursue compensation from the negligent parties that caused their relative’s passing.

Below, our Mobile personal injury attorneys discuss one key element in pursuing a wrongful death claim—the statute of limitations.

What is a Wrongful Death?

A death is considered “wrongful” when it occurred due to the recklessness or negligence of another party. In order to establish a wrongful death claim, you and an experienced personal injury attorney will need to demonstrate the following:

  • The defendant acted in a negligent or wrongful manner.

  • The defendant’s negligence directly caused your loved one’s accident.

  • You and any relevant family members have suffered emotional or financial losses as a direct result of your loved one’s death.

Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Alabama

Since the victim involved in the suit is deceased, their surviving family members would represent them and bring forth a claim against any and all negligent parties.

In Alabama, wrongful death claim may be made by any of the following:

  • Surviving spouses

  • Children

  • Parents

  • Grandparents

  • Siblings

In Alabama, the statute of limitations for wrongful death claim is two years from the decedent’s date of death. However, when certain factors come into play, this amount of time can be as short as six months. This is why it’s in your best interest to contact one of our experienced Mobile attorneys for legal guidance.

At Cunningham Bounds, LLC, we make it our mission to ensure that victims do not die in vain. We will explore all roads and identify any and all liable parties to ensure that you and your loved ones receive the justice you deserve in the wake of such a tragedy.

We encourage you to contact us today at (251) 299-0101 to schedule a consultation with our team.

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