What qualifies as wrongful death?
Wrongful death refers to a fatality that is caused by the actions or negligence of an individual or business. A wrongful death suit may be filed by the family of an individual who has died because of medical malpractice, a defective product, an accident, or a malicious act.
What is involved in a wrongful death suit?
There is no greater tragedy or devastation than losing a loved one prematurely. Although no level of financial compensation could begin to erase the heartache and pain of losing someone so dear to you, it will serve to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions and protect other families from experiencing the grief and sadness that your family unfortunately has.
Negligence on behalf of the responsible party must be proven in a wrongful death case. Specifically, it must be shown that the individual or business had a responsibility to your loved one, they failed in that responsibility, and your loved one died because of their actions or negligence. The claim must also demonstrate that your family is entitled to damages as a result of losing your loved one.
In a wrongful death claim, financial compensation is intended to cover the income that your loved one would have provided for your family. Other damages may be recovered for medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, lost benefits, pain and suffering, as well as the loss of companionship. To prevent the responsible party from harming others again, punitive damages may also be awarded.
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