Wrongful death is when someone dies due to the negligence or misconduct of another person or entity. Although it is not uncommon for the culprit to be subject to criminal liability and prosecution related to death, a wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action. Therefore, it is independent of criminal charges and prosecution. In these cases, the surviving members of the victim’s family can sue for wrongful death.
In most states, wrongful death claims can only be filed by the personal representative of the deceased’s estate. Every state has a civil “wrongful death statute,” which sets out the procedures for bringing wrongful death actions. Actions for personal injury, conscious pain, and suffering, or expenses incurred prior to the deceased’s death are also initiated by the personal representative. The damages of these actions belong to the estate and can pass to different parties as indicated in the deceased’s will.
There are many types of wrongful death lawsuits; our legal team specializes in the following:
- Abuse or Neglect
- Accidental Poisoning
- Construction accidents
- Criminal Activity
- Dangerous accidents on property
- Fatal Work Accidents
- Medical negligence or negligence
- Exposure to mesothelioma/asbestos
- Motor vehicle accidents; including car, truck, motorcycle, carpool, and more
- Product liability and defective products
The coverages or exceptions for these cases may vary according to each state. Have questions about wrongful death cases? We are ready and available to analyze your case. We invite you to contact our team of lawyers now if you need legal representation. Our extensive team has helped hundreds of people advocate for the benefits they deserve after enduring these painful cases.