Fairbanks, Alaska Wrongful Death Attorneys
There is no such thing as an easy loss. Whether it is sudden or long anticipated, the death of a human is not something that can be looked over, when a loved one passes away, the healing process can be long, painful, and it can feel lonely. There is no charming advice, vengeful justice, or comforting words that can bring them back. The compassionate lawyers at Paskvan & Ringstad, P.C. can empathize with you and want to make your path back to normal life as smooth as possible.
So what exactly is a wrongful death claim? When someone dies due to another person’s negligence or fault, the deceased person’s family or loved ones may have a wrongful death claim. Negligence is described as failing to act as a typical, reasonable person would have acted, and it can cause a car accident, a medical malpractice case, defective product accident, or even unsafe conditions. A death that results from any of these situations would be described as a wrongful death. These cases can be particularly financially draining for a family because they often include a long period of time in the hospital, making the victim comfortable or trying to heal whatever ailments may have been wrongfully caused. Those are the expenses the lawyers at Paskvan & Ringstad, P.C. are prepared to help you collect. Under no circumstance should you have to pay for the negligence of another person at the cost of your loved one’s life.
Things to know about wrongful death cases in Fairbanks, AK:
- Spouses, children, and next of kin are legally allowed to bring forth charges in wrongful death cases. Frequently, a husband or wife is suing for the wrongful death of their spouse. Most often, children sue for the wrongful death of their parents, and parents sue for the wrongful death of their children.
- In order to prove wrongful death, it must be proven that the wrongful acts or behaviors were directly involved in the decedent’s injury and death.
- While children may be entitled to compensation for the lost financial support of a deceased father as well as his personal loss, a wife would receive monetary support for the loss of love and companionship and lifetime of expected support. A parent would only recover damages for loss of companionship, and no support.
The people who may be sued in a wrongful death case are:
- The driver in a car accident that is at fault
- The government official who did not post sufficient signage in regards to road hazards that caused an accident
- The bartender or vendor who provided alcohol to a drunken person who then drives
- The designer, creator, or distributer of a broken or dangerous part of the vehicle
No amount of compensation will bring your loved ones back, but we believe you shouldn’t be burdened with the funeral expenses. When someone is hospitalized for some time before the funeral, those heavy medical bills can add unnecessary financial burden to the already stressful time of your life. Your friends or family members deserve the best, and you shouldn’t let money stop you from sending them on in the most meaningful way. Our goal is to make sure that you are involved every step of the way, while allowing you to grieve on your own terms. We know it’s a deeply personal and familial time for you.
We are lawyers with vast experience and we have helped many Fairbanks citizens through their wrongful death cases. The following story is not your story; it cannot be. After all, each story is different. But maybe it will strike a chord with you:
On your typical drive home, your thoughts consist of the tasks you completed at work, what your kids want for dinner, and what mood your husband will be in after his long day. Today was different. Your hands lead your steering wheel the back way home. You’re off the highways, and you find yourself at the cemetery where your sister is buried at Northern Lights Legacy Funeral Homes & Memorial Park. You haven’t been here in years. The wounds come back and feel as fresh as they had the day you got the phone call from Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Emergency Department. You heard the four words no one ever wants to hear: “There’s been an accident.”
She was on her way to your house from The University of Alaska, Fairbanks after her last class of the day. She had told you she was going to stop by the Tanana Valley Farmer’s Market to grab some bread for your family dinner. Your family had come up with a monthly custom of getting together for dinner and watching the lights from your back porch. That night was supposed to be the clearest of the week, and everyone had clear schedules. Northern Lights Night, the title you so cleverly invented when your sister came up with the idea, was going to be perfect.
At Paskvan & Ringstad, P.C., we do not work for big corporations. We do not work for insurance companies. We work for people like the ones in this story. We work for you—Alaskans who have been injured or have lost a loved one due to the careless mistakes of others. We are driven to help Fairbanks citizens keep their heads above water when they are fighting for the rights of their lost loved one. We are a local firm that cares deeply about our neighbors. We want to see justice win. With us, your voice will be heard.
Contact us today for a free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, so if we do not deliver you money, you do not have to pay us. You are at no risk for asking your questions. At Paskvan & Ringstad, P.C., we are your neighbors. We grew up here, and we want justice for our fellow Alaskans. We are for you.