If someone you love has been the victim of wrongful death in Alabama, contact the office of William G. Mathews now for a free consultation. We may be able to help you resolve your wrongful death case and bring justice for your loved one’s wrongful death.
Wrongful death occurs when a person is killed as a result of the negligence or wanton act of another. Alabama’s wrongful death statute is different from every other state’s wrongful death action. In Alabama, the family of a loved one who is killed as a result of another person’s negligence is only entitled to punitive damages, not compensatory damages. In other words, if a forty-year-old husband and father of two is killed in an automobile accident in Alabama, his family cannot ask a jury to award damages for his future income which they could have expected had he lived another thirty-five years. They can only ask the jury to punish the person who was at fault. There are other intricacies involved in pursuing wrongful death actions such as the actual process for filing the lawsuit in Alabama. These various details make it imperative that you consult an attorney experienced in wrongful death cases in Alabama before attempting to handle such a case yourself.