Alabama Wrongful Death Law

Serving Clients in Birmingham, Shelby County, and throughout Alabama

Alabama’s wrongful death law is distinct among wrongful death statutes in other states in that it does not allow the recovery of compensatory damages, but rather may award punitive damages intended to punish the guilty party based on the level of negligence.

If you lost a family member due to the negligence of another, the Birmingham wrongful death attorneys at Jonathan W. Gathings & Associates are here to help you through this difficult time. We can help you understand Alabama’s wrongful death law, advise you on your legal options and fight to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions; please call us at 205-545-7475 for your personal consultation with one of our wrongful death lawyers.

In most states, the next of kin or other eligible surviving family members can file wrongful death lawsuits to seek compensatory damages that may include money for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of income and benefits
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship

Alabama permits only the recovery of punitive damages that may be awarded directly to the heirs and surviving immediate relatives of the deceased and are not subject to the payment of the decedent’s debts or other liabilities.

Wrongful death cases can arise from a broad range of circumstances, including:

If a family member died due to the negligence or willful wrongdoing of another, or if you’d like clarification on Alabama wrongful death law, please contact Jonathan W. Gathings & Associates for your free wrongful death consultation with one of our knowledgeable Birmingham wrongful death attorneys. We welcome clients from the greater Birmingham area and throughout the state of Alabama.