Suing for Wrongful Death
A wrongful death lawsuit may occur when another person is at fault in the case of a person’s death. The surviving family member has the potential to receive compensation—lost wages from the deceased, lost companionship, and funeral expenses. An attorney can help you navigate the legal channels to receive justice.
Defining A Wrongful Death Claim
A wrongful death claim happens when a person dies at the legal fault of another person. A survivor will then file a lawsuit and work with an attorney to bring about legal compensation. Every single state in the USA has some type of wrongful death law.
Who is eligible to sue?
Wrongful death claims can only be filed by a representative for the survivor who has suffered damage from the death. This includes immediate family members (i.e. wives, husbands, children, adopted children, parents). Some states extend the right to sue to other partners or dependents, even distant family members (like sisters, brothers or grandparents). Anyone who suffers financially because of the wrongful death is in a place to sue.
Who can be sued for wrongful death situations?
Lawsuits can be filed against quite a variety of people, companies, government agencies or employees. For example, let’s say wrongful death happened as a result of a bad roadway and drunk driving. In this case you could sue:
- The drunk driver
- The person responsible for the bad roadway
- The owner of the area where the alcohol was sold, served or given
- The government entity that was responsible for the bad roadway.
Contact a trustworthy attorney today to help you handle the tragedy of wrongful death.