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Healing after a child dies

Alaska parents usually expect that they will die before their children. When a child dies, this can be a difficult time, especially when a family thinks the child's death could have been prevented. It is important for parents to understand how they can help their family heal as they move through the days and months after losing a child.

What is loss of consortium?

If your spouse, child or parent died in an Alaska accident or as the result of medical malpractice, you have the right to file a wrongful death claim. In addition to being able to collect damages for your deceased loved one’s medical and funeral expenses, your loss of his or her support and other compensable damages, you also may wish to claim loss of consortium.

Can I sue for the wrongful death of my unborn child?

If you are an Alaska woman who was injured in an auto accident that also killed your unborn child, you undoubtedly are going through one of the worst periods of your life. In addition to your own pain and suffering as you recover from your injuries, you also must deal with your immense grief at the loss of the baby whose birth you were so joyfully anticipating.

How is the State of Alaska addressing traumatic brain injury?

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has announced the rate of traumatic brain injuries in the state is 28 percent above the national average. The staggering statistic has spurred the Division of Behavioral Health into action, and their TBI Project aims for "a service delivery system capable of meeting the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral treatment needs of TBI survivors throughout the state of Alaska." If you are suffering from the sustained effects of a head injury, this project hopes to provide resources for meeting your immediate needs.

Understanding Alaska's wrongful death laws

At the Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider, a Professional Corporation, in Alaska, we understand that when your loved one dies unexpectedly, you and other family members are left in a state of shock. You suffer a great deal of emotional pain and may suffer financial losses as well due to the death of your loved one.

Wrongful death of pregnant women

When many people in Alaska think about wrongful death, they think of accidents which could have been prevented. Not many people think of a woman's death during childbirth, though. According to NPR, 65,000 women almost die from causes related to childbirth, while 700 to 900 die each year. 

Can anyone sue for wrongful death?

Immediately after losing a loved one unexpectedly in Anchorage, you will likely be left to deal with a number of questions. The most important of these may be surrounding the circumstances in which he or she died. If foul play or negligence appear to be involved, the issue of a wrongful death lawsuit suddenly arises. While such action may be viewed as a means to hold the responsible parties accountable, it also may be borne out of the necessity to deal with the expenses of your loved one's death. 

Damages that may be awarded in wrongful death claims

There may no more devastating event than the unexpected loss of a loved one. Friends and family members can be shocked, overwhelmed by grief and struggling to make any sense of the situation. While there is certainly no way to replace that person or undo the loss, there are things you can do to take control of the situation and try to find some closure.

Possible wrongful death situation after head-on collision

Alaska roads are not much different than others across the nation that are often the scenes of horrific car accidents. A recent incident occurred on one road that resulted in a single fatality. Similar situations in the past have led to wrongful death claims being filed in civil courts.

Woman says her mother's wrongful death could have been prevented

A woman whose mother was a nursing home patient in a facility outside Alaska has blamed her mother's death on staff members. The 68-year-old patient had been diagnosed with dementia. She was prone to falling and had been severely injured on at least one other occasion before the day she died. The daughter has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing facility.

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