Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Wrongful Death



Our Huntsville personal injury attorneys are experienced in handling personal injury cases such as dangerous drugs or medical devices, medical malpractice, and wrongful death.


Read these frequently asked questions (FAQs) on wrongful death.


What is considered a wrongful death?

A wrongful death can occur when a nursing home fails to follow the standard of care for nursing homes and doing so results in the death of the patient.


What damages can I recover in a wrongful death lawsuit?

In Alabama, punitive damages are recoverable in wrongful death lawsuits.


Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?

A wrongful death lawsuit can be brought by next of kin or others recognized by the court as acting on behalf of the estate of the deceased.


Can you file a wrongful death lawsuit without an autopsy?

A wrongful death lawsuit can be brought without an autopsy, but many times an autopsy can be helpful.


What is the statute of limitations on a wrongful death lawsuit?

Generally, a lawsuit for wrongful death must be brought within two years of the death.


What is the difference in wrongful death and medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice and wrongful death are not mutually exclusive. Medical malpractice can result in a wrongful death.

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