A wrongful death claim is a suit that arises from the death of an individual caused by the wrongful conduct of another. A wrongful death suit is different from other types of personal injury claims because the person who suffered physical injuries (the “decedent”) is not bringing suit; rather, it is the family members or the decedent’s estate. As such, a wrongful death claim is brought to recover damages for the injuries that the surviving family and/or estate have suffered due to the death of the victim. The estate can also recover for the decedent’s pre-death pain and suffering, and fear of death. Wrongful death claims can result from any incident in which the defendant negligently or intentionally harmed the decedent. Some examples include:
Damages that can be recovered in a wrongful death lawsuit include:
It is usually necessary to have an administrator of the estate appointed prior to the commencement of a wrongful death lawsuit. Because of the complexities involved in any wrongful death case it is important that an attorney be contacted as soon as possible after the incident occurs.
At Zalman Schnurman & Miner P.C., we understand that no amount of money can make up for the loss of a loved one. However, we can help make sure that all of your rights are protected in pursuing justice against those that caused the wrongful death. If you are in need of an attorney for a wrongful death lawsuit, please reach out to our firm as soon as possible for a free consultation.Get a Free Consultation