If an individual dies as a result of another person’s negligence or misconduct, the deceased person’s family may have an opportunity to sue. These wrongful death lawsuits are designed to help compensate surviving members of the victim’s family for their tragic loss. Of course, money could never atone for the loss of a human life, but the financial award does help victims’ families pay for things like tuition or medical expenses which would otherwise be an additional burden. If you have lost a loved one due to negligence or other “wrongful act,” you may have questions about wrongful death lawsuits.
When Is a Wrongful Death Appropriate?
Wrongful death lawsuits allow those who have lost a loved one to recover compensation for damages. A successful wrongful death lawsuit is possible when the following conditions are met:
- A person has died;
- The death was caused by negligence or harmful intent;
- The surviving family members are suffering financial injury as a result of the death; and
- A personal representative for the decedent's estate has been assigned and is willing to bring a wrongful death lawsuit.
There are many wrongful death situations that may necessitate a wrongful death claim, including:...