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Losing a loved one is always difficult, but nothing is more devastating than losing a loved one to an accident caused by someone else. A wrongful death claim is a way to seek retribution from the person who caused the death of a loved one.
A family can seek a wrongful death claim, even if that person has already been processed for a criminal claim such as murder or manslaughter. A wrongful death claim is a civil lawsuit that a family member can bring on behalf of their deceased family member.
What is Wrongful Death?
When a person loses their life as a result of someone else’s negligent behavior, they have no way of recovering any compensation for their death. A family member is sometimes able to obtain compensation on behalf of that person’s death in the form of a wrongful death claim.
A wrongful death claim is a civil action to compensate surviving family members for the death of their loved one. While there is no adequate compensation to fully replace a loved one, the law can help compensate for economic or non-economic losses.
Most claims for wrongful death arise when someone else’s negligent or intentional acts caused the death of another. If the person who died could have pursued a claim on their own had they survived, then there is likely a wrongful death claim that can be brought by a family member.