Statute of Limitations
Arkansas’ Time Limit to Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
A wrongful death can occur anywhere and can involve many different circumstances – a truck or car collision, a drunk driver, a construction accident, a botched surgery, a machinist killed by heavy industrial equipment – you name it. That is why Grossman Law Offices has been helping the families who have lost a loved one to wrongful death in Arkansas for 24 years. We know how to hold all responsible parties accountable and get family members the just compensation and justice for their loved one that they deserve.
A “wrongful death” is simply the death of a person caused by the negligent, careless or wrongful act of another. If you have lost a loved one to a wrongful death, you likely have many questions that you may not know how to get answers to: What happened and how? Who is responsible for my loved one’s death? What can be done about it? Do I even have a case? Is there enough evidence to support a claim?
Recovering for Damages
A wrongful death can take a huge emotional toll on a family, and Grossman Law Offices is here to help and to answer your questions. We can help you sort out the medical, legal and financial matters and give you time to grieve your loved one and lay him to rest. We have handled hundreds of wrongful death cases, and know what the family is going through and how to help them. No one can bring your loved one back, but we can help ease your mind and get you the compensation you need for losses, and the losses your loved one suffered, like:
- Funeral & Burial Expenses
- Pain & Suffering
- Medical Costs
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Future Income
- Lost Earning Capacity
- Loss of Companionship/Society
- Property Damage
- Loss of Household Services
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
Medical Malpractice SOL
The statute of limitations in which to file a wrongful death suit in Arkansas depends on a number of factors. The statute of limitations for medical malpractice by a medical professional that results in death is two years from the time of death, for example. But if a surgeon leaves an instrument, sponge or some other foreign object inside a patient, and the patient later dies, and the cause of death is discovered after the two years, then the family has an additional year from the day of discovery in which to file a wrongful death claim. The family members who have standing to sue in Arkansas include the deceased’s parents, children, spouse and siblings.
For other defendants who cause a wrongful death, there is a three-year statute of limitations in which to file suit in Arkansas from the time the death occurred or should have been discovered (i.e. in an autopsy that reveals cause of death). This inlcudes defendants like negligent property owners, drunk drivers, careless truck drivers, and manufacturers and designers of defective products.
As you can see, time is of the essence and should not be wasted when filing a wrongful death claim. These claims are often complex and highly-defended, and the assistance of reputable, competent counsel like that at Grossman Law Offices can make all the difference in your case. We understand that you are likely mourning and overwhelmed at this challenging time. So if you’ve lost a loved one in a wrongful death in Arkansas, call us toll-free for a free and confidential initial consultation. Let us put your mind, while you put your loved one, to rest.
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Awards & Memberships
- Arkansas Rules of Civil Procedure – Rule 23 – Class Actions Continued
- Arkansas Rules of Civil Procedure – Rule 23 – Maintaining & Winning Class Actions
- Arkansas Rules of Civil Procedure – Rule 23 – Class Actions
- Arkansas Rules of Civil Procedure – Rule 17 – Plaintiff & Defendant
- Arkansas Rules of Civil Procedure – Rule 14: Third-Party Practice