A wrongful death suit can be filed when a loved one has died due to intentional acts, omissions, or gross negligence of another. Wrongful death can occur as a result of car accidents, medical malpractice, construction accidents, fires and explosions, cancers caused by asbestos, electrocutions, farming accidents, etc. When a wrongful death occurs, the heirs, beneficiaries, or dependents of the deceased, have a right to recover monetary damages for the loss of their loved one.
Elements of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
To bring a wrongful death suit, the following facts must be supported:
- That the death of your loved one was caused, in whole or in part, by the intentional acts, omissions or gross negligence of another;
- That the person, or the entity such as a company or corporation, was liable for the death of your loved one;
- That there are surviving heirs or beneficiaries to the estate of the deceased, or there are dependents of the deceased; and
- That monetary damages have arisen from the death of your loved one.
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