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The deadly impact of traumatic brain injuries

When people talk about traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, they often talk about disabilities, personality changes and life-long ramifications. All of these things can be connected to TBIs and they do deserve attention. However, it's very important not to gloss over another key fact about brain injuries: They're often deadly.

Important answers to questions about wrongful death claims

Our law firm represents plaintiffs who were injured in serious accidents caused by the negligence of others. We also represent family members of people who died in such accidents. Since most people don't have any kind of experience with wrongful death litigation before coming to our Fairbanks office, they usually have a lot of questions. Here are two questions we encounter on a regular basis:

What damages can I pursue in a wrongful death lawsuit?

If you lost your loved one in a fatal accident, no amount of money and no amount of litigation will approach making you whole again. Nevertheless, the Alaska civil court system does provide the avenue for individuals to pursue restitution when their loved one is killed due to the fault, negligence or wrongful behavior of another party. This restitution usually takes the form of financial compensation.

Wrongful death suit against Petersburg borough gets a trial date

On Independence Day in 2016, two young Alaska women lost their lives in a fatal motor vehicle accident. The fatal van crash occurred on South Nordic Drive in the Petersburg borough when the automobile left the roadway and rolled over. The driver, a 23-year-old male, and another young woman survived the crash.

Alaskan Native dies after 911 called to assist

A law enforcement officer in Alaska has been accused of causing a man's wrongful death after shooing the Alaska Native. It's reported that the officers asked the man to put down his weapon 78 times; the man did not listen to the instructions and ended up with fatal gunshot wounds.

Man's death leads to wrongful death lawsuit in Alaska

A family in Alaska has filed a lawsuit against Alaskan authorities for the wrongful death of a loved one. According to a news report from Sept. 13, the police were involved in a shooting that occurred on Christmas Eve in 2017. A young man was killed after he was shot by Alaska State Troopers and the Fairbanks Police.

Here's what to do if someone dies at the scene of a crash

It is devastating to be involved in a car crash that leads to a person's death, but these crashes do happen to people every day. Crashes involving small passenger vehicles, pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists are more likely to result in deaths than those in semi-truck and large commercial vehicles, but anyone can be killed in a crash.

Obtaining damages after a wrongful death

After a person dies due to another person's negligence or recklessness in an accident or other situation, there may be a case for a wrongful death lawsuit. In these lawsuits, family members generally have a right to pursue compensation to help them recover losses associated with the death.

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