Alaska area Office
310 K Street, #200,
Office: (907) 264-6722
Cell: (907) 274-3633
Toll Free: 888-991-3633
The unexpected loss of a loved one can be devastating especially under the sudden and tragic circumstances of a wrongful death. No amount of compensation can replace the loss of a loved one. Realistically, a wrongful death lawsuit maybe the only future source of financial security for the surviving family members for a long time.
Wrongful death claims are brought usually by the personal representative of the decedent's estate, under a state wrongful death statute. Wording in each state or jurisdiction differs, but common terms include negligence, wrongful acts, or omissions. Basically a wrongful death is based on a civil wrong which results in the tragic death of the decedent.
Damage calculations are complex and given the size of the potential damages, insurance companies will invariably start an immediate and aggressive investigation and defense. Your best option is to immediately hire an experienced trial lawyer, to preserve evidence, gather witness statements, obtain a private autopsy if necessary, and to guide you through the pitfalls of making unprepared statements to insurance company investigators and adjusters, especially when you are emotionally upset. Experts may need to be hired immediately.
A potential client should be aware of the statute of limitations in the state that the accident occurred. The law differs by state. In Alaska, a lawsuit must be filed within 2 years of the date of death, but in other states, it may be 3 years from the date of the negligent act.
Also, who can actually recover damages differs by state. So damages statutes also differ by state.
William English has represented injured clients in aviation, motor vehicle, and maritime accidents. He has represented clients in construction site accidents, and correctional facility deaths.
Mr. English has had numerous clients from Asian countries, Europe, Russia, Africa, the Middle East, South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean, Polynesia, Australia, and New Zealand. International aviation or maritime cases with a wrongful death component under Death on the High Seas Act will be welcomed. Extrajudicial killings by foreign governments will also be evaluated.
To contact William English and to learn more about your wrongful death claim, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. English. I will return your call as soon possible.