Wrongful death is under tort law and is designed to compensate for harm to a person resulting in death. A wrongful death lawsuit holds that the decedent was killed as a result of negligence or other liability, and that the surviving dependents or beneficiaries are entitled to monetary(money) damages as a result of the defendant’s negligent or gross negligent conduct. Each state in the United States has is own wrongful death statutes or wrongful death laws that govern wrongful death claims and wrongful death lawsuits.

Wrongful Death Beneficiaries

Wrongful death beneficiaries usually include:

  • Surviving spouse of the deceased
  • Natural born children (minor or adult children) of the deceased
  • Adopted children of the deceased
  • Parents of the deceased
  • Grandparents in some states under specific circumstances
  • Siblings (brothers & sisters) of the deceased in some states

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Damages

Wrongful death damages are dependant upon the relationship of the plaintiff to the deceased.

These wrongful death damages to the wrongful death beneficiaries may include:

  • Loss of companionship
  • Mental anguish
  • Past medical expenses
  • Loss income
  • Potential financial contributions and inheritance
  • Funeral & burial expenses
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of support
  • Loss of benefits caused by the victim’s death (pension, medical coverage, etc.)
  • Loss of care, protection to the survivors
  • General damages
  • Punitive or Exemplary damages

Wrongful Death Suit – Wrongful Death Claim

If you or a family member have lost a loved one due to the negligent conduct or grossly negligent behavior of another, then you may have a right to file a wrongful death lawsuit against these wrongdoers. Due to the nature of a wrongful death case, a full investigation of the facts of the accident and preservation of the evidence is essential to success. Time is of the essence, Don’t Delay.

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