When a loved one or family member is lost due to the carelessness or negligence of another, the effects can be devastating. Often, families do not know where to turn to get the legal help they need in order to fully recover from such fatal occurrences.

Wrongful death represents a series of legal issues similar in essential nature to personal injury. Wrongful death statutes are designed to protect bereaved families, and sometimes anyone financially affected, by the death of another due to the negligence, or legal fault, of another. States employ wrongful death statutes to provide adequate compensation and assign liability to those responsible for wrongful death claims.


Wrongful Death Claims

Who Can File A Claim?

A number of individuals may be able to recover for a wrongful death claim. Relatives, life partners and even distant relatives may  claim. In some states, parents may also recover from emotional losses incurred from the death of a fetus. Similarly, wrongful death actions can also be brought against a number of defendants including individuals, businesses, or manufacturers of defective products and machinery.

Wrongful death claims can be a result of a number of illegal mishaps like: Medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, construction accidents and more.

Damages in Wrongful Death Claims

Damages can be economic, non-economic and punitive in wrongful death claims. These include income from lost wages and benefits as well as funeral expenses. Noneconomic damages are less tangible and may include: compensation for mental anguish, pain and suffering and emotional losses that result from the victim’s death.

Spouses, children and parents are usually the first to receive damages recovered from a wrongful death law suit.