If your loved one died, the liable party should be held accountable. A wrongful death claim can be filed to ensure that the person who caused an accident that killed another compensates those who are still alive who cared about the victim.
Compensation in a wrongful death case includes:
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of income
- Medical bills
- Property damages
Frequently asked questions about wrongful death
Who can file a wrongful death claim?
A spouse, children or parents of the deceased victim are legally allowed to file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit. A spouse has the exclusive right to file wrongful death suit for up 1 year after the accident, after which the other parties have 1 year to file for wrongful death compensation.
What constitutes wrongful death?
The death must have been a direct result of negligence or the absolute fault of the person who is blamed for the death. Commonly, a wrongful death may be the result of the following:
- Traffic accidents,
- on-the-job accidents,
- accidents caused by defective products,
- poorly maintained facilities.
A wrongful death claim is not meant to punish the responsible party but rather, to obtain compensation for damages.
Why hire a personal injury attorney?
There are few tragedies as bad as losing a loved one and it is even worse when caused by someone else’s negligence. Ryan Malnar will handle the stress of negotiations and/or litigation while you focus on grieving the loss of a loved one.