Lost a Loved One Due to Brain or Spine Injury?
Reno Wrongful Death Attorney Eric A. Stovall Can Help
When a family experiences the death of a loved one due to a brain or spinal cord injury, they will understandably experience overwhelming anguish and grief. When an accident due to the negligence of another causes a traumatic brain injury or spinal injury, it may cut the victim’s life short. Families whose relative succumbed to death caused by a brain or spine injury must understand that in their time of need, there is help available. Reno personal injury lawyer Eric A. Stovall is dedicated to helping those whose loved ones died from spine or brain injuries recover from the wrongful death.
One Injury Affects Many Lives
Car accidents, truck accidents, and slip and fall accidents are the leading causes of brain and spinal cord injury. For individuals who survive the initial accident with a head injury or spinal injuries, the emotional trauma coupled with the costs of medical care and rehabilitation can place great hardship on families who are willing to sacrifice everything to help their loved one. Often times, families take off work or quit their jobs to care for their relative, cash out their assets and take out loans to pay for medical and rehabilitative care, as well as providing emotional support to uplift the person’s spirits. All of these sacrifices are worth it to families who wish to provide the best care and quality of life for their loved one.
Unfortunately, even strong survivors succumb to brain and spinal injuries. Traumatic brain injuries contribute to one-third of the nation’s injury-related deaths, and spinal injury survivors face a reduced life expectancy due to their increased likelihood of respiratory failure, renal failure and pneumonia. Even if the individual’s death occurs years after the accident, it is still a wrongful death if caused by another’s negligence. Surviving spouses and families are entitled to compensation for the deceased’s and their own injuries.
Options for Relief
In Nevada, there are two kinds of wrongful death claims: claims of the estate and claims of heirs. The claims can be filed either separately or as part of the same lawsuit. The estate of the deceased can file suit against a negligent party and/or an insurance carrier to recover medical expenses, hospital bills, rehabilitative care, funeral expenses and punitive damages that the decedent could have recovered had he or she survived.
Heirs can recover for their own grief or sorrow, loss of probable support, companionship, society, comfort and consortium, as well as damages for pain, suffering or disfigurement of the decedent. If the deceased was the main source of income for the family, this is especially important as “loss of probable support” includes lost wages the individual would have earned throughout his or her lifetime and the amount can be substantial.
Contact our Reno Personal Injury Attorney Today
Reno personal injury attorney Eric A. Stovall is dedicated to helping family members recover from sacrifices they made to help their loved one who passed away from a brain or spinal cord injury. A former insurance agent who has been practicing law for over 20 years, he has a unique understanding of both sides of the law in personal injury and wrongful death cases which lead him to fully investigate his clients’ cases and achieve unsurpassed results and peace of mind for grieving families. Contact Reno personal injury lawyer Eric A. Stovall for a free consultation to discuss the legal options available if your loved one suffered a wrongful death due to brain or spinal injury.