How a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Works

Wrongful death lawsuits are specific types of cases that result from negligence or some intentional act. A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed by the individual’s estate or by their loved ones against the person or persons who are liable for the event. Each state has its own specific guidelines for wrongful death. Still, these kinds of suits are most typically filed by the representative of the deceased individual’s estate, on behalf of the surviving members of the person’s family. As we will see, the person who has the right to file this suit varies by location.

Qualification for the Claim

Wrongful death doesn’t come up in most situations where someone dies. The specific events that lead to a claim come from a victim who would have otherwise had a valid claim for personal injury, but died due to that injury. Several situations present themselves as potentials for these kinds of suits, including:

  • Car accident fatalities: Death can result from a car crash, where injuries from the…

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