How Does Las Vegas Notify You that a Loved One was In a Car Accident?

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There is nothing more terrifying than finding out that your parent, child, spouse, or other loved one has been involved in an accident. Many thoughts might be running through your head, including whether they are okay.

At Ladah Law Firm, we stand beside injured motorists and their families in their hour of need. We can help them bring a claim for compensation and handle all communications with different insurers. Please contact one of our Las Vegas car accident attorneys for more information.

Who Delivers a Death Notice?

The death of a loved one is usually reported by the police, who can come to your door and tell you in person. In rare cases, the police might call you over the phone to tell you.

Although you are in a state of shock, you should try to keep your wits about you. Have someone else—a neighbor, a distant relative—talk to the police as you try to process what happened. Don’t worry. You can find relevant information about the fatal accident later, or have your attorney look for it.

Who Calls if Your Loved One Was Only Injured?

Not all accidents are fatal. If your loved one was badly hurt in an accident, the hospital might notify you so you can come to the hospital. If your loved one is incapacitated, you will probably need to make critical medical decisions, such as whether to put them on a ventilator or authorize other life support.
If your loved one is awake, they still probably want to see you. You can go to the hospital to collect them when they are discharged.

What Do I Need to Do if My Loved One Was Injured?

First, you need to make sure they are okay. Second, you need some sort of a game plan. An accident is very disruptive, and there might be things your loved one needs you to do: pick up grandchildren from school, attend to pets, etc. At the hospital, you can strategize about what to do. It’s probably better to go to the hospital in person and not try to coordinate everything over the phone.

Do I Have to Identify the Body?

You might. If a loved one has died, then police often ask family members to visit the morgue. In the horrific situation where your loved one has been injured beyond recognition (such as by being badly burned), the police might use dental records or other evidence to positively identify the victim.

Where Can We Pick Up our Loved One’s Effects?

Whatever was in the car with your loved one when he or she died should be in police custody. You can ask the police when and where you can pick it up. If you do not feel up to it emotionally, ask a friend or family member to retrieve these personal effects, which can include your loved one’s phone, wallet or purse, and other possessions in the vehicle or on their person.

What Should I Do if My Loved One Died?

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You should contact an attorney to make sure your rights are protected. This is a very difficult time, and you might find that insurance adjusters are calling you or sending you information in the mail. The last thing you need to do is focus on making an insurance claim. Instead, an attorney can do all the legal legwork for you.

My Loved One Died in a Drunk Driving Crash. Will I Have to Testify?

You only testify if you have relevant information to share during a trial. This might not be the case. Instead, the state can use other information, such as the result of a breath or blood test and witness testimony. If you were the witness to an accident, then you might need to testify.
The prosecutor should have a representative reach out to you, even if you do not have relevant information.

What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

This is a civil lawsuit family members bring when a loved one was killed due to the negligence of another person, including other drivers. The purpose of this type of lawsuit is to compensate survivors for their economic and non-economic losses. It is a lawsuit that is separate from any criminal case that is going on.

For example, a speeding motorist might have struck your loved one and killed her. Under Nevada law, certain people can file a wrongful death lawsuit. These include:

  • Surviving spouse or domestic partner
  • Children
  • If there are no surviving children or spouse, then the deceased person’s parents
  • Personal representative of the estate

Our firm has extensive experience with wrongful death lawsuits. Many of our clients have qualified for compensation to cover the cost of the funeral and burial, medical bills, and property damage.
Some also qualified for compensation to cover lost wages and benefits, which your loved one could have earned had she lived. Compensation might also be available for the loss of care, affection, and companionship, as well as other intangible losses, though these are hard to quantify in monetary terms. The amount a family can receive often varies substantially, depending on the circumstances, so meeting with an attorney is very helpful.

How Long Do You Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

The Nevada statute of limitations gives family members two years from the date of death to file. If you wait too long, then a judge will dismiss the case. Although two years might sound like a long time, it can pass very quickly. Missing the deadline can have serious financial consequences, and you don’t get a chance at a do-over.

How Can Ladah Law Firm Help?

We are an established Las Vegas car accident firm, with hundreds of satisfied clients. We have tackled all kinds of accidents, including some of the worst car wrecks that have left people dead. We will spring into action to make sure that you and your family get the compensation you need during this difficult time.

Pick up the phone and call us today 702-252-0055. There is no reason to wait.