Man Awarded Damages in Alabama Wrongful Death Lawsuit
September 1st, 2015|
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to prohibit state bans on gay marriage has had a huge impact on several recent Alabama judgments. The Birmingham wrongful death attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers point out that one of the latest cases to be influenced by the ruling is that of an Alabama man seeking damages for the loss of his husband.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the deceased victim married his spouse in May 2011, but died three months later as the result of a collision with a tractor-trailer on I-65.
The victim’s spouse filed an Alabama wrongful death lawsuit against the trucking companies responsible for his loss. Juries ruled in the plaintiff’s favor, but because Alabama law did not recognize gay marriages, he wasn’t entitled to receive compensation.
This changed on June 26, 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of recognizing same-sex marriages. The victim’s spouse will now be entitled to receive $100,000 in addition to half of the remaining damages awarded in the case.
It’s important that Alabama citizens affected by the loss of a loved one receive the compensation they deserve. That’s why the Alabama personal injury lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers are hopeful the decision reached in this case helps bring closure to the husband of the victim.