Omaha Wrongful Death Lawyers
Providing Compassionate Support for Families in Nebraska
The compassionate attorneys at Burnett Wilson Law represent individuals and families who have lost a loved one due to negligence. If your loved one died in a preventable accident caused by another person’s carelessness, turn to our firm for the assistance you need to hold the responsible party accountable for the damage they have caused to your family. As a survivor, you may be entitled to compensation. An Omaha wrongful death attorney at our firm stands ready to review your case free of charge and inform you of your legal options.
Schedule a free case review with our wrongful death lawyers in Omaha to learn more about wrongful death claims in Nebraska.
Nebraska Wrongful Death Law
According to Nebraska Revised Statutes section 30-809, a wrongful death claim is a civil lawsuit brought against the person or entity who caused the death. Essentially, it is a personal injury suit brought in the deceased person’s stead by a legal representative of his or her estate. Typically, this would be a spouse, a child, a parent, or other family member.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Nebraska?
While some states allow the deceased individual's family members to file a wrongful death claim on their behalf, Nebraska requires that the personal representative of that person's estate be the one to file the claim. This representative is often referred to as an "executor." In some cases the executor may also be a family member of the deceased individual.
Nebraska Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations
Because there is a statute of limitations in Nebraska for wrongful death lawsuits, legal action must be taken within two years of the date of the death. Failing to file the lawsuit within this time period means that the surviving family will lose their right to seek compensation. While legal action may be the furthest thing from your mind during such a stressful and overwhelming time, it is important to act quickly to avoid forfeiting your right to pursue compensation.
Wrongful Death Damages
If you are able to prove your loved one lost their life due to negligence, you may be able to pursue compensation for any of the following:
- Medical bills
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of companionship and guidance
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of household services
- Pain and suffering prior to death
Common Causes of Wrongful Death
Wrongful death may result from any of the following:
- Car, truck, or motorcycle accidents
- Work-related accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products
- Criminal acts
A wrongful death lawsuit can bring a sense of closure that many family members find helpful during the recovery process. Because these matters can be complex and require careful handling, it is important to work with a wrongful death attorney in Omaha with experience in these matters.
While nothing can ever truly make right the loss your family has suffered, our firm is here to help guide you through the legal process towards the justice you deserve.
Your Family’s Needs Come First
At Burnett Wilson Law, we truly care about the people we serve. We are committed to acting not only as your trusted legal counsel, but also as friends that you can rely on in a time of need.
We encourage you to get in touch with our firm to speak with an attorney about your case at no cost. Get started by calling our office at (402) 810-8611.