When an Alaska family loses a loved one in an auto crash, the financial consequences often exacerbate the emotional trauma. If the accident was caused by negligence such as distracted or aggressive driving, violations of the road rules, or poor driving skills, the surviving family members could file a wrongful death lawsuit. However, some people do not consider this option because they feel that the loved one cannot be brought back by any amount of compensation.
However, a successful lawsuit can ease the financial burden the family may face while also rectifying the wrongdoing and giving the family closure. Navigating a legal claim could be daunting without help, and for that reason, most plaintiffs seek legal counsel to establish negligence. Even if it was a single vehicle crash, there might be a manufacturer's defect, faulty brakes or tires, or other factors like poorly maintained roads that contributed to the accident. A lawyer can ensure that all responsible parties are named as defendants.
The attorney's services could include securing all relevant records and evidence, including medical documents and witness statements. He or she can determine fault even if it requires accident reconstruction. The lawyer can also handle dealings with the insurance company and take eyewitness statements.
An experienced Alaska wrongful death attorney can work to obtain a monetary judgment to recover financial losses such as medical bills and lost wages, including future income and inheritance within the state's statute of limitations. Furthermore, the civil justice system also allows plaintiffs to seek recovery of emotional damages such as the grief, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering. The lawyer will ensure all the claims are properly documented for adjudication by the court.