Wyoming Wrongful Death Attorney
All kinds of accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries, but some accidents can result in those injuries being fatal. When a loved one dies because of the negligence of another party, it is referred to as a wrongful death.
Wrongful death actions in Wyoming are governed by Title 1, Chapter 38 of the Wyoming Code of Civil Procedure. While many personal injury actions in Wyoming have a statute of limitations (time limit) of four years, people only have two years to file wrongful death lawsuits.
For this reason, it is of the utmost importance for families to immediately retain legal counsel. Need an Injury Attorney Wyoming conducts investigations and files important paperwork on behalf of families so they can take all the time they need to grieve.
Wyoming Wrongful Death Laws
Wyoming Code of Civil Procedure § 1-38-102(a) states that every wrongful death action must be brought by the wrongful death representative of the deceased for the exclusive benefit of beneficiaries. When a decedent left a spouse, child, or parent, Wyoming Code of Civil Procedure § 1-38-102(b) establishes that no debt of the deceased can be paid out of the damages awarded for a wrongful death action.
Under Wyoming Code of Civil Procedure § 1-38-103, the wrongful death representative can be appointed by the district court in the county in which the deceased lived or died or the wrongful death claim (or some part of the claim) arose. Factors that the court will consider in appointing the wrongful death representative are established under Wyoming Code of Civil Procedure § 1-38-104 and include the following:
- The familial or other relationship of the individual submitting the application;
- The interests of the individual submitting the application in relation to the interests of other possible beneficiaries as a whole;
- Actions taken to protect the interests of all potential beneficiaries and to secure appointment as the wrongful death representative; and
- Any other factors the court deems relevant.
Causes of Wrongful Death in Wyoming
Any one of a number of different accidents can result in fatal injuries. In such cases, it is critical to quickly have an experienced Wyoming personal injury lawyer begin a thorough investigation.
Some of the most common causes of wrongful deaths in Wyoming include:
- Car Accidents
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI,DWUI, or DWI) Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Commerical Vehicles
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Uber/Ridesharing Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Workplace Accidents
Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer in Wyoming
Families who have lost loved ones face a number of enormous financial challenges in the immediate aftermath of these unfortunate incidents. In addition to possible medical expenses, the lost income can create enormous stress for paying other regular monthly bills.
You do not have to face these challenges alone. Need an Injury Attorney Wyoming can hold the negligent party accountable and help your family get justice.
If your loved one was killed by another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your loss. Do not delay in contacting our firm today. We are available 24/7 and will provide a free, no-obligation consultation at which our personal injury lawyers will review your case and answer all of your legal questions. We handle wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis, so you do not need to worry about paying us anything unless you obtain a monetary award.