Wrongful death is the legal term for one person’s death caused by another person’s negligence, recklessness, malpractice, or lack of action. A wrongful death lawsuit is a claim filed by the surviving family members on behalf of their loved one. Family members do so in order to recover damages for the emotional and financial cost of their loss – and because in many cases, it may be the only way to hold the liable party accountable.
Wrongful death lawyers help families to review the circumstances of their loved ones’ death and legally establish who was responsible. If your loved one was killed and you believe another person or party was to blame, you may have a potential wrongful death case, and you should contact a wrongful death attorney to discuss your legal options. A lawsuit is probably the last thing on your mind – but pursuing a claim against the negligent party can do three very important things:
- A wrongful death claim can hold the negligent party responsible;
- A wrongful death claim can protect your family in cases where the deceased was the primary wage-earner and you are left without means to pay the mortgage, put food on the table, or pay for your children’s education;
- A wrongful death claim may prevent another family from suffering a similar loss in the future – often, companies are forced to institute stricter safety regulations or other steps following a lawsuit.
Immediate family members including parents, spouses, and children are eligible to file a claim. For minors, the law may require the need for an adult guardian to take a wrongful death lawsuit to court. Additionally, other family members – such as stepparents, grandparents, and dependents, may also be permitted to file suit.
Please contact us if you are eligible to file a claim and need to inquire about pursuing a wrongful death suit. There is no fee unless we collect for you, call us now to duscuss any matter.