The Arkansas wrongful death attorneys of the Cottrell Law Office understand that losing a loved one may be the hardest thing you ever have to face.
The loss of a close friend or family member can be difficult to handle, no matter the cause, but when the loss is the result of the reckless actions of someone else, the situation may seem even more frustrating and unfair.
Although a wrongful death lawsuit cannot restore your loved one to you, it can help you secure the compensation you deserve for your suffering.
If you are facing the loss of a loved one because of another party’s negligent or irresponsible actions, a wrongful death lawsuit may seem overwhelming without the help of our compassionate yet tenacious Arkansas wrongful death attorneys. The Cottrell Law Office can assist you in your pursuit of justice, so contact us today at 800-364-8305 to learn more about what you can do to hold the individual or group at fault accountable for the damages they caused.
We Handle the Full Range of Wrongful Death Cases
If your loved one was killed as a result of recklessness or carelessness, you may have a claim under Arkansas’ wrongful death statute (Ark. Code Ann. § 16-62-102). When a fatality occurs because of negligence or misconduct, dependents and beneficiaries of the deceased have a right to hold the responsible defendant legally liable through a civil claim. These are complicated legal cases.
At the Cottrell Law Office, our Rogers, AR wrongful death lawyers handle all types of wrongful death claims, including:
- Car accidents;
- Tractor trailer accidents;
- Motorcycle wrecks;
- Bicycle accidents;
- Pedestrian collisions;
- Medical negligence claims;
- Nursing home abuse & neglect claims;
- Defective product lawsuits; and
- Workplace accidents.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Arkansas?
Under Arkansas law, the only party who has the authority to bring a wrongful death lawsuit is the “personal representative” of the deceased. In practice, this typically means that the claim will be filed by the executor of the estate of the decedent. Usually, that person is a close family member of the victim — as an example, it may be their spouse.
When the claim is resolved — whether through a judgment or a settlement — how exactly the awarded financial compensation will be divided amongst the eligible parties (spouses, parents, children, dependents, beneficiaries, etc) will be determined. If a wrongful death claim is settled, an Arkansas court must approve the personal representative’s plan for dividing the compensation.
Arkansas Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
A wrongful death claim can only move forward if it is filed within the statute of limitations. Under Arkansas law, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit is typically three years from the date of the victim’s death. If the claim is not filed before the deadline expires, then it will likely be dismissed outright — meaning it will never be heard on its merits.
The best way to protect your rights is to consult with an experienced Arkansas wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible after a fatal accident.
Financial Compensation Available for Family Members
Dealing with the demands of a wrongful death case after such a great loss can be difficult, but by retaining the services of an experienced Arkansas wrongful death lawyer, you can focus on your emotional needs while we handle your legal needs.
Our team is prepared to help you fight for financial compensation to cover damages such as:
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of future income
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
Nothing can make up for your loss, but with the compensation secured through a successful wrongful death case, you can ensure that you will not have to suffer financial difficulties in addition to your emotional distress.
How Our Arkansas Wrongful Death Attorneys Can Help
There is nothing more devastating or heartbreaking than losing a loved one in an avoidable accident. At the Cottrell Law Office, our Arkansas wrongful death lawyers are committed advocates for justice. While we know that nothing can make up for such a terrible loss, we are here to get you and your family accountability and financial support. Our law firm handles all legal matters, so that you can focus on yourself and your loved ones.
Among other things, our Rogers, AR wrongful death lawyers are prepared to:
- Conduct a free, comprehensive review of your wrongful death claim;
- Answer your questions and explain your legal options to you;
- Investigate the case — gathering relevant evidence;
- Handle settlement negotiations with defendants/insurers; and
- Prepare a strong, effective wrongful death lawsuit.
Contact Our Rogers, AR Wrongful Death Lawyers Today
At the Cottrell Law Office, our Arkansas wrongful death attorneys are compassionate, effective advocates for our clients. We offer our deepest condolences for your loss, and we want to help you through this trying time.
For more information about wrongful death cases and your legal options in the aftermath of a terrible loss, contact our law firm at 800-364-8305. Initial consultations are free and strictly confidential.
From our law office in Rogers, we serve communities throughout Northwest Arkansas, including in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Bentonville, Belle Vista, and Springdale.