What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
Wrongful death happens when somebody is killed because of another person or entity’s negligence or misconduct.
Although there may be a criminal prosecution related to the death, a wrongful death lawsuit is a civil action (brought against the negligent party) that is separate and distinct from any criminal charges.
Who Can Bring a Claim and What Compensation is Available?
A wrongful death lawsuit can be brought by a deceased victim’s spouse, domestic partner, or child or children (including stepchildren).
When these parties do not exist, then an action may be brought for the benefit of the deceased’s parents or siblings.
If successful, a party bringing a wrongful death claim is entitled to receive compensation for a variety of losses. Some of these include:
- The financial support the deceased would have provided during his/her lifetime
- Funeral and burial expenses
- The reasonable value of household services the deceased would have provided
- The value of the deceased’s protection, affection, moral support, and/or guidance
How Can We Help?
Wrongful death claims are quite complex. Our firm will take the time to explain the laws in this area so that you are fully informed of all your legal options.
We can file a lawsuit on your behalf and work tirelessly to pursue the compensation that you deserve.
A free initial consultation is available to all. Contact us now and let us provide the legal help you deserve.