Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Summary: This article covers wrongful death lawsuits including the causes, factors needed to file a wrongful death claim and the importance of contacting an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.

The term “Wrongful death” refers to a case in which someone was killed due to another person’s negligence. Having to deal with the wrongful death of a loved one can be a very traumatic experience. To make matters worse, if the death occured because of the actions or in actions of another, the situation is nothing less than appalling. To learn more about your legal rights and potentially filing a lawsuit you should contact a wrongful death attorney.

Causes of Wrongful Death

There can be several causes of a wrongful death. The most common causes of death include:

  • Vehicle accident
  • Defective product (tire defect, airbag, defective toys, etc.)
  • Medical malpractice (birth trauma, misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, etc)
  • Pharmaceutical drug
  • Elder abuse
  • Construction accident (scaffolding fall, etc.)
  • Premises liability
  • Toxic Exposure (mesothelioma, leukemia, lung cancer, etc.)
  • Food poisoning (e-coli)

Elements of Wrongful Death Cases

There are certain elements that must be present in order to bring a case. Your wrongful death lawyer will consider the following:

  • Death of a human being
  • The death was caused by another’s negligence, or with intent to cause harm
  • Surviving family members who are suffering monetary injury as a result of the death
  • An appointment of personal representative (e.g. family member, relative, etc.) for the decedent’s estate

Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A wrongful death lawsuit can result from a variety of incidents such as surgical errors to hit and run automobile accidents to a manufacturer’s defective products. In any case, the family of the victim have a legal right to compensation if the wrongful death resulted from negligence. The sudden, unexpected death of a loved one can create severe financial burdens on their families. By filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible parties, your lawyer may be able to obtain compensation for you. Any compensation awarded goes to the estate of the deceased and can be transferred from person to person if the will directs the executor to do so. Wrongful death lawsuits can obtain compensation for their clients for several issues related to the deceased including:

  • Hospital bills
  • Medical bills
  • Property damage
  • Funeral expenses
  • Pain and suffering of deceased prior to death

Family members may also be awarded compensation for issues affecting them, including:

  • Emotional suffering
  • Loss of wages between time of death and expected retirement or death
  • Parental support
  • Mental distress
  • Loss of benefits (pension plans, medical coverage, etc.)

Although many different close family members may have a claim, only one legal action for wrongful death may proceed. For this reason, it is advisable that relatives meet together for legal consultation with the same wrongful death lawyer to fully discuss the specific circumstances of the claim.

Contact an Attorney

While no amount of money can ever make up for the loss, the compensation received from a wrongful death lawsuit can help a family defray heavy medical and funeral expenses, as well as the loss of the victim’s work income. If you are considering on filing a lawsuit, it is important to seek an experienced wrongful attorney that is familiar with your states laws. Time may be limited to file a claim so don’t delay contact a wrongful death lawyer today.

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