Wrongful Death FAQ

Wrongful Death FAQ
Death is always hard to deal with for everyone involved. If a death happens under suspicious circumstances, it makes the death of a loved one even more stressful for the family left behind. If a family has any suspicions that the death of their loved one was caused by negligence, there are questions that they can ask to find out what really happened.

Who may be held liable for the dead of a loved one?
The answer to this question depends on the cause of death. If one dies in a car accident, the driver might be held responsible for the death or deaths of anyone in the accident. However, this can only happen if the driver is found to be negligent. If the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they can be found negligent and held responsible for the deaths. However if they are under the influence of alcohol, the place where they were drinking could also be held liable in some situations.

Who is able to file a wrongful death claim?
When a child dies under the suspicion of circumstances, the parents of the child might be able to file a wrongful death suit. If the person that dies is an adult, there are a few people that could possibly file the suit. The people that fall under this category are children and the deceased spouse, if the deceased was married.

Are there any limitations on filing a wrongful death claim?
In most situations, there are limitations on filling a wrongful death claim, but these limitations can vary depending on where the individual passed away.

How does one know if they have a wrongful death case?
Depending on the situation, the family of the person who suffered the fatality could be eligible to file a suit for losses and damages, but this only happens if the other party involved was found to be negligent and the cause of the fatality.

What sort of damages is one able to collect on in a wrongful death lawsuit?
Depending on the circumstances, there are a variety of damages that one could collect from a wrongful death lawsuit. A few of these damages are punitive damages, medical expenses, funeral expenses, and future wages. However, the damages that one can collect vary between every case.