Let a Cody Wrongful Death Lawyer Pursue Justice for Your Loved One
Our lawyers have helped Wyoming families recover financial compensation in cases of wrongful death for more than 40 years. Not only are we thoroughly familiar with the laws that govern these cases, but we also have an intimate understanding of all of the various ways that an untimely death can impact family members’ lives. If you have lost a loved one, we offer our sincere condolences, and we want you to know that our Cody wrongful death lawyer is prepared to help in any way we can.
Understanding Your Family’s Rights After a Fatal Accident in Wyoming
Understanding your family’s legal rights following a wrongful death can be complicated. Here are the answers to some frequently-asked questions (FAQs) about the law in Wyoming:
When Can Family Members File a Wrongful Death Claim?
In Wyoming, family members can file a wrongful death claim in any circumstances in which their family member could have filed a personal injury claim had he or she survived the fatal accident. Most cases involve claims for negligence, such as driving recklessly or failing to maintain safe premises. However, wrongful death claims can be based on the theory of strict liability in some cases. You will need to work with an experienced Cody wrongful death lawyer to determine on what ground(s) your family can file.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
Section 1-38-102(a) of the Wyoming Statutes requires that a wrongful death claim “be brought by and in the name of the personal representative of the deceased person.” If your loved one left a will, then it should have appointed a personal representative. If your loved one died without a will, then a personal representative will need to be appointed through the probate process. Usually, the personal representative is a close family member, such as a spouse, parent or adult child.
How Long Does the Personal Representative have to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Wyoming?
Wyoming law requires wrongful death claims to be filed within two years of the date of death. However, since it takes time to investigate and prepare a claim – and since evidence can disappear if it is not preserved – we recommend that you speak with a Cody wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible.
How Much Does it Cost to File a Wrongful Death Claim?
At Ragain & Clark, PC, we handle all wrongful death claims on a contingency-fee basis. We advance the costs of pursuing your family’s claim, and we only recover our fees and expenses if we are successful in securing just compensation for your family.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Cody Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
If you need to speak with a lawyer about pursuing a wrongful death claim in Cody, we invite you to schedule a free consultation at Ragain & Clark, PC. To speak with one of our experienced wrongful death attorneys in confidence, call 307-388-6400, or send us your contact information online today.