What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Posted January 11th, 2016 by Anthony Carbone, PC.
Categories: Personal Injury.
It’s something no one wants to think about: Losing a loved one in a sudden accident. Especially if that accident is caused because of someone’s negligence. You’re hurting and you’re in mourning. But at the same time, you’re worried about your family’s future. How are you going to pay for the funeral expenses, the medical bills, or any other financial expenses that come your way? What are your next steps to file a wrongful death lawsuit?
A wrongful death claim is a personal injury lawsuit that is filed after someone dies because of someone else’s negligence. It is brought about by the estate of the deceased person, usually one representative of that estate. There are several causes for a wrongful death suit, such as:
- Someone is killed intentionally, such as murder.
- Someone dies as a result of medical malpractice, such as a doctor failing to diagnose a life-threatening condition.
- A fatal car accident.
- A workplace injury where safety measures were not followed.
In order to file and win your wrongful death suit, you have to prove that the carelessness of the other party’s actions is a direct result of your loved one’s death. It may not be as easy as it sounds. For instance, your loved one died in a car crash caused by someone running a red light. However, evidence shows your loved one was fiddling with the radio at the time of the crash and could have prevented the accident if he/she was paying attention. Then you may have an issue with a wrongful death suit.
If you think you have a wrongful death suit on your hands, it’s best to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about the matter. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone now for a free consultation.