Wrongful Death Attorneys Seek Compensation During This Difficult Time

St. Francis County Wrongful Death Lawyers

Seek Compensation During This Difficult Time

When a loved one or family member dies due to the negligent conduct or intentional wrongdoing of an individual or company, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim. These types of claims are designed to help the loved ones or family members of the victim recover monetary losses suffered from their death.

This can include funeral expenses, medical bills, pain and suffering, the loss of value of the deceased’s remaining life, and loss of support or care. Our wrongful death attorneys know that grieving can be hard and the last thing on your mind are legal issues. However, filing a claim may be very helpful and important during this difficult time.

If you need legal assistance, contact Easley & Houseal, PLLC today.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

The state of Arkansas requires that a wrongful death claim is brought by an appointed personal representative of the deceased's estate. However, if there is no appointed personal representative, the claim can be brought by one of the deceased's heirs at law.

These heirs may include:

  • Surviving spouses
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Persons standing "in loco parentis"
  • Persons to whom the deceased stood "in loco parentis"

Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim

Arkansas views wrongful death claims as having two parts, an estate claim and a family claim. An estate claim is a claim that seeks damages that compensates the estate of the deceased. These damages compensate for losses associated with the injuries that led to their untimely death which can include but are not limited to:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering of the deceased before they passed

A family claim recovers compensation on behalf of surviving family members of the deceased. Damages that can be recovered in a family wrongful death claim include:

  • Loss of financial support the deceased provided
  • Loss of household services the deceased provided
  • Loss of care and guidance the deceased provided

How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim?

According to Arkansas law, claimants have one year from your loved one’s passing to file a wrongful death claim before the statute of limitations runs out. If this happens you will most likely lose your right to file a claim. It’s important to speak to an attorney about how the statute of limitations may affect your case. Contact our firm today for a free consultation.

Negotiating With the Insurance Company to Ensure a Fair Settlement

At Easley & Houseal, PLLC, we fully understand how difficult the loss of a loved one can be for your family. During this emotional and confusing time, few people immediately think about pursuing compensation for their loss and even fewer know where to begin.

On top of this, insurance companies often approach the surviving spouse or beneficiaries within days of the loss and offer an insufficient settlement amount that works to the detriment of the survivors.

Before signing any agreement with the insurance company, contact our St. Francis County attorneys and let us step in and negotiate for the fair settlement that you deserve. We provide you with the compassionate yet aggressive legal representation that you need to ensure your family is treated with dignity and respect.

Schedule your free initial consultation today by calling (870) 330-0015!