Accidental & Wrongful Death Lawyers Serving of all Alabama (AL)
Montlick & Associates Pursues Justice for Alabama Victims Fatally Injured by the Wrongful Conduct of Others
We Know What It Takes to Win™ Wrongful Death Cases
Families deserve justice when they lose loved ones due to the fault of others. If you have lost someone you love because of an individual or company’s negligent or intentional conduct, our attorneys are here to discuss your legal rights as well as what steps are necessary to protect those rights. For over 38 years, Montlick & Associates has been fighting on behalf of victims of negligence and their families. Our Experience Pays™ and we have the reputation to prove it. In fact, over the years we have recovered billions of dollars on behalf of our clients.*
If you lost a loved one who was tragically killed in any type of accident because of someone else’s fault, contact Montlick & Associates, Injury Attorneys, today for your free consultation. Contact us Nationwide, 24/7 at1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or by simply dialing #WIN (#946) from your cellphone. You may also visit us at Montlick.com and contact us through our Free Case Evaluation Form or Free 24-hour live chat.**
Wrongful Death Claims in Alabama
While no family wants to experience the unexpected loss of a family member, they deserve justice when they lose loved ones because of negligent or intentional actions of others. Alabama wrongful death law differs from other states in various ways that include the types of damages that can be recovered, the parties who can bring a wrongful death claim, and the distribution of proceeds of a monetary recovery. These types of claims are subject to Alabama Code § 6-5-410, and provides that any individual or company can be liable for causing a person’s death through any “wrongful act, omission or negligence.” Only the personal representative of the decedent’s estate can bring a wrongful death claim in Alabama, but the damages recovered are distributed to the decedent’s heirs pursuant to Alabama Intestacy Law (as if the person did not have a will).
Our Alabama Wrongful Death Attorneys provide legal representation in a wide range of wrongful death cases**, including:
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Drunk Driving/DUI Collisions
- Trucking and Commercial Vehicle Accidents
- Bus Collisions
- Unsafe Premises
- Building Fires
- Workplace Accidents
- Defective Products
- Contaminated Food
- Dangerous Drugs
The right to bring a wrongful death claim seeking a monetary recovery exists in Alabama even if the defendants never face criminal charges As in personal injury claims wrongful death actions must prove the defendant’s degree of fault and resulting liability for the decedent’s death. Moreover, Alabama is a contributory negligence state, meaning a plaintiff may only recover compensation from a defendant when the plaintiff is zero percent (0%) at fault for their injuries. In other words, if a jury finds that the decedent was even 1% at fault for their death, the estate cannot recover compensation. Our attorneys understand how to maximize the value of our clients’ cases by fighting hard on their behalf and presenting their cases in the most favorable light. We also act to preserve important evidence, including camera footage when appropriate, and offer formidable legal representation through the litigation process when necessary on behalf of our clients.
If you or someone close to you have experienced the tragedy of the loss of a loved one because of the negligent or intentional actions of another, call our Wrongful Death Attorneys at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or dial #WIN (#946) for your Free Consultation. We also can be reached on the web by submitting a Free Case Evaluation Form or Free 24-hour live chat at www.Montlick.com. Our attorneys are dedicated to providing a voice to fatality victims and to seeking justice and the maximum financial recovery under applicable law.
What Monetary Compensation Can Be Recovered in an Alabama Wrongful Death Claim?
Alabama law limits wrongful death recovery to punitive damages. Courts do not award punitive damages to “compensate” the victim, rather, these damages serve the dual purpose of punishing particularly unacceptable conduct and discouraging such conduct in the future. Punitive damages will be determined based on the judge or jury’s perception of the nature and degree of the misconduct by the defendant as well as the defendant’s assets. Our attorneys work to maximize the value of our clients’ cases by law.
Act Immediately to Protect Your Legal Rights – Missed Deadlines Can Bar Your Ability to Obtain Compensation
Generally, Alabama law requires a that a wrongful death claim be filed or resolved within two years from date of the decedent’s death, subject to exceptions that can lengthen or shorten the deadline! By way of example only, claims against governmental entities or municipalities involve shorter deadlines. WARNING: Failure to meet any critical deadline will permanently bar your family’s right to pursue a monetary recovery. Statutes of limitation also vary from state to state. In some cases, a combination of different types of legal claims may exist that involve different time frames, which may be due to multiple defendants and/or even the laws of more than one jurisdiction.
In addition to legal deadlines, there other also other reasons not to delay. For example, in auto accident cases, families are often surprised to learn that their own household auto insurance policies may contain valuable coverage for accidents caused by uninsured/underinsured motorists. However, these policies often contain contractual notification provisions which, if lapsed, can result in denial of coverage.
Delays in pursuing a wrongful death claim also can inhibit the value of a claim by making the case more difficult to prove. Witness memories tend to become less accurate as time passes, and other types of evidence might become more expensive to acquire or disappear entirely. A wrongful death attorney who serves Alabama clients can evaluate your situation and alert you regarding all deadlines and other procedural requirements to protect your claim. Our attorneys protect our clients’ cases from all important legal and contractual deadlines, and work to make sure all important evidence is preserved when appropriate.
Montlick & Associates - Fighting Hard & Winning Cases™ since 1984 - Our Promise to You
- Treat your case as if it were our own. We'll treat you the same way we would want to be treated – as if it were our own case, or the case of a close friend or family member.
- Protect you from powerful insurance companies. One of the first things the insurance adjuster will typically say is that you do not need an attorney. That's because the insurance company's goal is to pay you as little money as possible. And they know that injured people get substantially more money with an attorney representing them. With over 38 years of experience dealing with insurance companies, we can help you navigate through the insurance company minefields and avoid any traps.
- Analyze your case at no charge to you. We'll evaluate your situation and advise you how to best protect your rights, at no charge to you. We invite you to call us 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays to request a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers. Or use our 24/7 online chat right here on our website.
- Vigorously fight on your behalf in order to obtain all the compensation and benefits you deserve. There's always a lot at stake after a serious injury, and when our clients rely on us for help, we never take that situation lightly. We work extremely hard, and we will always do the right thing when it comes to our clients.
- Give your case our personal attention. We tell our clients: "We want you to concentrate on getting well. We want to hear from you if you have any questions or concerns. We work for you, not the other way around."
- Promptly return phone calls and keep you informed. We are sure you've heard about professionals who do not return phone calls. Or, perhaps you have spoken to people using other law firms who never knew what was going on with their case. That won't happen with us. We keep our clients well informed of important developments and routinely send copies of correspondence regarding their case.
- Be there for you when you need us most. When our clients first call us after a serious injury, they're understandably really worried. And we say to them, "You don't have to do this alone." We'll take on the insurance company for you and help you get the money you deserve for your medical treatments, lost wages, car repairs and pain and suffering. That's the kind of help we've been giving for over 38 years.
- Always treat you with dignity and respect. Our promise is to operate at all times with honesty, integrity, high moral character and unquestionable ethics. And we'll treat you with kindness and give you and your family the dignity and respect that you deserve.
Discover How Montlick and Associate Can Help You Seek Justice
Have you lost someone you love because of a drunk or texting driver, defective product, medical negligence, or another form of negligent or intentional conduct? Montlick and Associates serves fatality victims and their families statewide in Alabama.
No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away. For your Free Consultation contact Montlick & Associates, Nationwide 24/7 at1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or by simply dialing #WIN (#946) from your mobile phone. We also can be contacted at Montlick.com where you can submit a Free Case Evaluation Form 24/7 or utilize our 24-Hour Live Chat.
*Dollars recovered are cumulative and not indicative of individual case results. Each case is unique. Results depend on the facts and applicable law.
**Legal Services are provided by Montlick & Associates, P.C. and local associated law firms at no additional cost to you depending on the jurisdiction, and any specialized expertise required. For more information, click here.