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Personal Injury Law – Wrongful Death
Wrongful death is defined as loss of life caused by the irresponsible conduct or negligence of another person, company, or entity. This does not mean there has to be intent to kill. In a wrongful death lawsuit, proof of negligence, misconduct, breach of contract, default, or wrongful act that has led to the death of a person must be presented. Some common causes of accidental death include the following:
Medical malpractice, meaning negligence or improper care provided by medical professionals
Pharmaceutical liability, meaning death from defective prescription medication
Nursing home malpractice, negligence, or abuse compensation
Wrongful death law states that damages may be recovered by the family of a person who has died due to someone else’s negligence or misconduct. Surviving family members can receive compensation in the form of monetary payments for the loss of support, services, benefits, and future wages of the deceased. They can also receive payment for emotional distress and medical and funeral expenses. In some cases, the family may also receive punitive damages intended to punish the party that caused the death if they exhibited gross negligence or misconduct. In an accidental death case, damages are awarded by the court or agreed upon in a settlement after filing a lawsuit. The case is filed by the decedent’s representative, who is either named in the will or appointed by the court. That person files the suit on behalf of all survivors, defined as an immediate family who received support from the deceased person.
Wrongful death attorneys
If you believe your loved one suffered a wrongful death, it is essential to act quickly. Consult with a lawyer as soon as possible because the wrongful death law has a statute of limitations two years after the death occurred. The longer you wait to pursue your case, the more valuable evidence can be lost or destroyed, making it more difficult to prove that a wrongful death occurred. The attorneys at our Law Firm have experience in various wrongful death cases. Contact us today for a free consultation.