Frequently Asked Questions

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Wrongful Death

The loss of a family member can be incredibly painful. That pain may be compounded if you learn that your loved one died because of someone else's negligence. While nothing can fill the empty place in your life caused by your loved one's death, obtaining some measure of justice may ease your pain and honor the memory of the deceased.

Alabama and wrongful death

Alabama law does not allow families to sue for compensatory damages in wrongful death cases. This means that although the loss of your loved one may have a significant financial and emotional impact on surviving family members, no monetary compensation will be awarded. However, punitive damages may be leveled against the individual found liable for the death. Punitive damages are based not on the value of the decedent's life, but on the amount of the defendant's wrongdoing. These damages are intended as a deterrent to others to prevent similar incidents from occurring.

At The Law Offices of Rufus R. Smith, Jr. we understand Alabama's complex wrongful death laws and are prepared to help you and your family through this difficult time.

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If you have lost a family member due to the negligence of another person, company, or entity, you may have grounds for a wrongful death action. At The Law Offices of Rufus R. Smith, Jr. we have spent nearly four decades fighting on behalf of personal injury and wrongful death victims throughout Alabama, Southeast Georgia, and Northwest Florida. Contact us today at 1-888-614-4279 to discuss your case.

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Case Results
  • Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Luverne, Inc. v. Allen, 572 So. 2d 434 (Ala. 1990
  • Coleman v. Cannon Oil Co., 911 F. Supp. 510 (M.D. Ala. 1995)
  • First Tennessee Bank, N.A., v. Snell, 718 So. 2d 20 (Ala. 1998)
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