FAQs Wrongful Death
Losing a loved one is always a difficult and emotional experience. When the loss is due to the negligence or intentional harm of someone else, it can be even more devastating. In such cases, you may have the right to file a wrongful death claim. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding wrongful death claims.
Wrongful death occurs when a person dies as a result of someone else’s negligence, misconduct, or intentional actions. Wrongful death is defined as a death caused by the fault of another, including negligence, intentional harm, or strict liability.
The surviving spouse, children, or parents of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim. If none of these parties exist, the claim can be filed by the deceased’s siblings or other close relatives.
The damages that can be claimed in a wrongful death lawsuit include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical expenses incurred before the death
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of household services
- Loss of companionship and society
- Pain and suffering experienced by the deceased before death
The statute of limitations for filing a wrongful death claim is one year from the date of the deceased’s death. If the claim is not filed within this time frame, you may lose your right to seek compensation.
A wrongful death attorney can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected. They can investigate the circumstances of your loved one’s death, determine liability, and pursue compensation on your behalf.