Five Things They Don’t Tell You About Wrongful Death Suits
When you’ve lost a loved one as a result of a tragic accident, it’s tough to handle what comes next. On top of the loss and grief you feel, you also have many difficult decisions to make, including whether to file a wrongful death suit
The legal system can be very confusing, especially for individuals consumed with grief. Understanding a little about wrongful death suits can help you make the right decisions as you move forward.
- Wrongful death suits are lawsuits filed when a person dies and another person, company, or organization is legally responsible for that death.
- Wrongful death suits involve all types of fatal accidents, including motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries, deaths resulting from faulty products, medical malpractice, and more.
- People, government agencies, and businesses can be determined to be legally at fault for a death if they failed to act as a reasonable person would have (negligence) or if their intentional acts resulted in the death.
- Laws vary from state to state regarding who may sue in a wrongful death suit, but, in general, most states allow immediate family members, spouses or domestic partners, and even distant relatives to bring wrongful death suits. A wrongful death lawyer can advise you on whether you are a “real party in interest” in a potential wrongful death suit.
- In a successful wrongful death suit, the insurer of the party at fault often pays the compensation owed to the plaintiff.
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