Wrongful Death Attorney in Anchorage, Alaska
If your loved one lost their life as a result of another person’s actions, contact The Law Office of Jason Skala, LLC as soon as possible. You may have legal options available to help your family get the justice it deserves.
Every year, tens of thousands of people across the country lose their lives in accidents caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another person. Quite often, these accidents are preventable. These incidents not only impact the lives of those involved, but they have a life-changing impact on families and friends of those taken away so suddenly.
When victims lose their lives in accidents, their families are often left to endure overwhelming mental, emotional, and financial burdens. Quite often, families are forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars on funeral costs, burial expenses, and medical treatment leading up to their loved ones’ death. Additionally, many families lose a source of income that they have grown to depend on. Having to deal with the fact that they will never see their loved one again as well as the overwhelming financial burdens they face moving forward just makes an already emotional situation even more challenging. Families are often unaware of legal options available to them. Rather than moving forward alone after experiencing the loss of a loved one, it is crucial that victims seek the legal guidance of a wrongful death attorney in Anchorage as soon as possible. You may have an array of legal options available to help your family recover.
At our law office, we take an aggressive yet compassionate approach to representing the best interests and legal rights of our clients. Our team investigates each accident fully while gathering evidence that fully demonstrates how our clients’ loved ones have suffered due to the negligent actions of the defendants in each case. We use information, witness testimony, and an array of evidence to aggressively negotiate full and fair settlements on behalf of our clients so they can possibly get the maximum amount of compensation available to help them move forward. If your loved one lost their life in an accident as a result of another person’s negligent or reckless actions, contact our wrongful death attorneys in Anchorage as soon as possible to see how our team can help you.
What Is a Wrongful Death Claim in Alaska?
After experiencing the loss of a loved one due to another person’s negligent or reckless actions, families or the estate of the decedents are able to seek compensation from those at fault. Those entitled to recover should consult with a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to see what legal options are available as well as to gain a better understanding of what is required of those who seek justice. If you decide to file a claim after losing a loved one, it is crucial to determine first if you are entitled to do so. In Alaska, each wrongful death case must be initiated by a personal representative of the victim’s estate. Wrongful death claims can be initiated on behalf of the estate as well as individual survivors of the decedent.
In general, wrongful death claims are available to help entitled parties obtain compensation to cover an array of economic and non-economic damages they face moving forward. These cases are often awarded as a single monetary amount in Alaska. Some of the economic recoveries include:
The costs of medical care resulting from the accident-related injuries
The loss of income, services, and benefits
Non-economic damages are recoverable as well. Some of these include:
The pain and suffering victims endure prior to their death
The loss of companionship
Loss of consortium
Mental and emotional pain and suffering
When wrongful death claims are awarded, they are first paid to the decedent’s spouse, children, and other dependents. If there are no survivors, the compensation will be distributed directly to the estate and distributed as stated. Entitled parties generally have two years to pursue legal action after enduring the loss of a loved one due to the negligence of another party. Working with a responsive and knowledgeable wrongful death attorney in Anchorage can help you possibly get the justice and compensation you are entitled to.
The Elements of A Wrongful Death Case
To prevail after filing a wrongful death case, claimants must be able to prove that elements of negligence existed surrounding the reckless, careless, and negligence of the other party who caused the accident. These elements include proving:
The Duty of Care: In order to succeed in filing a wrongful death claim, it is crucial to demonstrate that the defendant owed the victim the duty of care.
The Duty of Care was Breached: After demonstrating that the defendant owed the victim a duty of care, it is imperative to prove that the defendant breached the duty of care in some way. For example, if a person was killed in a vehicle collision, you will need to show that the driver of the responsible vehicle disregarded a traffic control device, was distracted, or engaged in another negligent act.
Causation: After proving the existence of a breach, you must then prove that the defendant’s breach in their duty to provide care is the cause of the wrongful death.
Damages: Finally, you must demonstrate that the damages you face are a result of the defendant’s actions surrounding the duty of care, the breach of their duty, and the causation resulting from their breach. Showing damages such as funeral costs, burial expenses, and the loss of income can help to determine how much compensation you are entitled to.
If you are interested in reviewing the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death with attorney Jason Skala, contact our Anchorage law firm today to schedule a free case evaluation at your earliest convenience.
Common Causes of Wrongful Deaths
There are numerous types of accidents that can end in fatal injuries. In Alaska, our team at The Law Office of Jason Skala, LLC sees numerous wrongful death claims that surround a variety of accident types. Some of the most common incidents resulting in death that our wrongful death attorneys help clients recover from include:
Pedestrian or bicycle accidents
Birth injuries and other medical malpractice
Occupational hazards and exposures
Premises liability (slip and fall incidents)
Nursing home abuse and neglect
Criminal activities leading to death
Our wrongful death attorneys in Anchorage are dedicated to helping families protect their legal rights after losing loved ones. Our team investigates the circumstances surrounding your loved one’s accident, gathers documents on your behalf, and performs a variety of tasks so you can be in the best position possible to hold wrongdoers accountable and recover. Contact our law firm today to see how we can help you.
Assisting Families to Protect Their Legal Rights
Working with an attorney after losing a loved one in an accident is one of the best things you can do to protect your legal rights and fight for your best interests are protected. At The Law Office of Jason Skala, LLC, we strive to help families by providing an array of services so they be in the best position possible to get the justice they deserve for their loved one. Our wrongful death attorneys in Anchorage provide a variety of services for families, including:
Filing the lawsuit: Given the strict statute of limitations surrounding wrongful death claim filings in Alaska, our team works diligently so your lawsuit is filed on time and accurately. We are committed to providing our clients with the best opportunity to present their evidence and get justice.
Gathering evidence: Our wrongful death attorneys gather evidence in support of our clients claims so they are able to protect their legal rights. Our team gathers medical documents, pictures, videos, surveillance footage when available, police reports, depositions, and various other forms of evidence to present our clients’ cases in the best way possible.
Challenging the defense: It is expected that the defense team will raise arguments about how they are not responsible for the death of your loved one. Our team is ready and able to challenge each defense they present and help you possibly get the justice you deserve for your loved one.
Negotiating settlements: It is extremely common for wrongful death claims to settle before going to trial. Although this is generally the case, it is crucial that you are not persuaded to accept a fast settlement that does not reflect your best interest. After enduring the unexpected loss of a loved one, it is crucial that you are able to cover the end of life expenses you face and have the financial resources available that you need to move forward. Our team fights aggressively so you are able to achieve a full and fair settlement for your case.
Representing clients in a trial: In cases where we are unable to come to a settlement agreement with the at-fault party, our team is ready and able to provide trusted and responsive representation in a trial. We strive to help our clients achieve the outcome they expect so they can move forward in the best position possible. Our team is effective, knowledgeable, and responsive. We strive to help our clients achieve the outcome they expect and deserve so they can move forward and achieve their goals after enduring the loss of a loved one.
Although we understand that the outcome of a wrongful death case does not bring back your loved one, achieving a sense of justice can help you move forward. Our team works diligently so that you have the strongest case imaginable to protect your legal rights and get the justice you rightfully deserve for your loved one. Contact us as soon as possible to see how we can help you.
We Can Help You Get Justice
Dealing with the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one is one of the most devastating things a person can experience. Not only are families often forced to endure the overwhelming mental and emotional pain and suffering these incidents cause, but they are often left with stacking financial burdens from medical treatment and funeral costs. Knowing that your loved one lost their life as a result of another person’s actions just makes the situation even more devastating. When victims lose their lives under these preventable circumstances, it is crucial that families reach out to a wrongful death attorney in Alaska as soon as possible.
Although there is no amount of money that could ever replace those taken away so suddenly and tragically from us, having financial resources available to cover end of life costs and other financial burdens families face moving forward can help to alleviate some of the stress they endure. Our wrongful death attorneys are dedicated to helping families throughout Alaska get the justice and compensation they need and deserve after experiencing the loss of a loved one due to another person’s negligence. Our team is committed to taking the legal work off the hands of families so they can focus on recovering and moving forward while knowing their legal rights and best interests are protected. If you have lost a loved one due to another person’s actions, contact our law firm in Anchorage by calling us. Our attorneys are available at your earliest convenience to discuss legal options available to help you recover.