Did your loved one die in an accident?

Many fatal accidents are nothing more than that: accidents that were no one's fault. Families are left to deal with the difficult time following their loved one's loss without any monetary assistance to deal with the costs and loss of family income associated with death.

In other cases, a fatal accident is the direct result of the negligent or unlawful actions of another party. In these cases, surviving close family members can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party to recover financial compensation related to their loss and damages.

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit?

Not everyone can file a lawsuit over the loss of a loved one. The people limited to filing a wrongful death suit tend to be surviving spouses, close family members, parents and children. Every family is different, though, so it's important to get clear on the exact relationship between a particular family member and the deceased before filing such an action.

How do you prove a wrongful death case?

Plaintiffs who are pursuing claims regarding the wrongful death of a loved one must prove the following factors:

  • Someone died.
  • The death happened because of another party's negligence or because of another party's intention to inflict harm.
  • Family members are still surviving and they have been hurt financially because of the death.
  • A personal representative was appointed to the decedent's estate.

What kind of damages can I pursue?

Those who are successful in the pursuit of their wrongful death claims may be able to recoup money relating to lost prospects of inheritance, lost services, loss of support, medical and funeral costs, lost family income and other damages. A qualified personal injury lawyer can review your case to help you determine what kinds of damages are appropriate to pursue in your matter.

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