Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, & Survivor Damages in Pine Bluff & Jefferson County Arkansas
Injuries caused by the negligence of someone else give you a right to recover monetary damages to compensate you for your losses. However, if you or a loved one has suffered an injury, you likely know that money alone often cannot fully compensate for personal injury losses. Be that as it may, money is the only legal remedy available in these difficult situations and you should receive monetary damages for your loss. Pine Bluff personal injury lawyers and Pine Bluff wrongful death lawyers are experienced in assessing monetary awards and know what type of a settlement or award you might be able to expect from your claim.
When determining the value of a Pine Bluff personal injury case, you must first consider the type and degree of loss or injury involved. The most severe loss is death, and there is a body of law dealing specifically with death. If your loved one has been involved in a tragic accident and died as a result, contact one of the Pine Bluff wrongful death attorneys listed above today to discuss your options.
Pine Bluff Wrongful Death Lawyer
When someone is killed in an accident including, but not limited to, a car accident, a truck accident, a construction accident, medical negligence a/k/a medical malpractice, a motorcycle accident, a dangerous product or defective products, or dangerous drugs and the surviving family members believe a lawsuit may be in order, a Pine Bluff wrongful death lawyer can help them assess the legal issues and prepare a wrongful death claim. The wrongful death attorney will also retain all types of expert witnesses for trial. A Pine Bluff wrongful death attorney will first assess who the proper parties are to make a claim.
The following are some of the people who commonly file Pine Bluff wrongful death actions:
- Spouses — If the person who died (the decedent) was married, then the spouse is a proper party to file suit.
- Children — Natural and adopted children of the decedent may also maintain a wrongful death claim due to the death of their parent.
- Parents — Parents of minor and of major (adult) natural and adopted children may also make a parental wrongful death claim
- Persons who qualify in loco parentis
What Are the Types of Damages Available When Someone is Killed Through Negligence?
The discussion above centered on which relatives and close family members have status to file a wrongful death claim. This section will explain what monetary damages are recoverable under Arkansas law. Pine Bluff area claimants are entitled to damages for:
1. Mental Anguish & Loss of Companionship - Arkansas Code § 16-62-102 Wrongful Death
2. Pecuniary Losses (Economic Losses) - Arkansas Code § 16-62-102 Wrongful Death
Pecuniary losses for a child who has lost a parent, in Pine Bluff, AR include:
(a) loss of the parent’s earning capacity due to the wrongful death;
(b) loss of the parent’s advice, counsel services, care, maintenance, support, and reasonable contributions of a pecuniary value; and,
(c) loss of inheritance.
Pecuniary Losses for a spouse, in Pine Bluff, AR include a spouse’s:
(a) loss of consortium and household services
3. Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress or Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
Arkansas generally does not allow you to recover damages when you witness the death or injury of a loved one, unless you have also been physically injured. However, the law is still developing. If you or your family members have witnessed a loved one who is a close relative being injured due to negligence or intentional wrongdoing, and are now suffering mental anguish as a result, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Pine Bluff personal injury attorney or Jefferson County personal injury attorney today to discuss your legal rights and remedies.
Pine Bluff personal injury attorneys and Pine Bluff wrongful death attorneys represent clients in claims involving a wide range of injuries and accidents and have the experience and skill necessary to get the job done right. Knowledge of a potential damage award is crucial to settling or successfully prosecuting any claim for personal injury or wrongful death, and a Pine Bluff personal injury lawyer or wrongful death lawyer’s experience with these types of cases can help you assess your options from the get-go.
What legal actions should you take if your loved one has recently passed away?
When a family member or close friend passes on, it can be extremely difficult to think of all the mundane tasks that must be accomplished to get their estate in order, deal with bank accounts, pension funds, social security benefits, and any potential lawsuit you may want to pursue related to their death. If your loved one has been killed in a wrongful death accident, you may feel lost and need guidance on your proper course of action. Click here for a detailed list of steps you should take following the death of a family member.
Resources for those who have suffered the death of a loved one:
After a loved one has died, the last thing on your mind should be a difficult legal battle or lawsuit. However, if the death was due to negligence, recklessness, or malicious conduct, you may feel it is your duty to take legal action. In such cases, Pine Bluff wrongful death attorneys can help you prepare your lawsuit by arranging crucial witnesses, documentation, and evidence to present a strong case on behalf of your deceased family member. After a death, you may also find yourself in charge of preparing funeral arrangements and feel overwhelmed by small details in the face of such a traumatic experience. The following resources for funeral homes and florists may be helpful as you and your family prepare to bid your loved one farewell.
For your convenience, and to make this difficult time go by as easily as possible, we have also provided maps so that you and your family can locate a quality Pine Bluff funeral home and florist near your home.
Funeral Homes in the greater Pine Bluff area:
Ralph Robinson & Son
Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services
P K Miller Mortuary
Cranford Funeral Home-White
Perry Funeral Home Inc
Charles E Fuller & Co Inc
Brown Funeral Home
Henson Mortuary Inc
Pine Bluff Mortuary Services
Gunn Funeral Home
Pine Bluff-Area Florists:
Shepherd Florist & Greenhouses
Small Florist & Gifts
Petal Shoppe Florist
Bob Small Florist Inc
Lawson's Flowers & Gifts
Azalea Hill Gardens & Nursery
Wrongful Death Lawyers Serve Pine Bluff and Surrounding Cities
Serving clients throughout Southeastern Arkansas, including Arkadelphia, Center Grove, Clarksville, Cornerstone, Dumas, El Dorado, Fordyce, Friendship, Grady, Greenville, Hot Springs, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Mount Zion, Pine Bluff, Redfield, Sheridan, Wabbaseka, Warren, White Oak Bluff, Wrightsville, and other communities in Jefferson County.
A Jefferson County wrongful death lawyer can help you get back on your feet after you have suffered a loss. Contact a Pine Bluff wrongful death attorney today to discuss your options.