When someone dies because of the reckless or negligent actions of another, the victim’s family can bring a wrongful unlawful death suit to hold that party liable. Wrongful death claims can compensate survivors for their losses, including financial loss and the pain and suffering of losing a loved one. In addition, bringing such a claim sends a message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.
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It is important to seek a knowledgeable lawyer for a wrongful death case. There are likely to be complex legal issues and the case may require sophisticated expert testimony. A qualified attorney can guide you through the process and help ensure that you have access to quality experts. The defense will also have its own experts, so you need a lawyer with experience fighting for you in such cases.
As you prepare to bring a wrongful death claim, it can be helpful to record your account of what happened. This can be helpful when you have to describe your account to a lawyer, and it can prevent you from forgetting any important details.
Compensation awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit is generally divided up among the victims’ survivors. Typically, the spouse and children are given priority over other relatives. Other survivors who may be eligible to receive compensation include life partners, financial dependents and putative spouses (a person who acted in good faith as if they were married to the deceased). In some states, distant family members can also sue for wrongful death damages.