Wrongful Death FAQ
In what instances can I file a wrongful death suit?
A wrongful death case can be filed by a family in the case that a loved one has been killed as the result of someoneâ€™s negligence, including automobile collisions, pedestrian, cycling or motorcycle accidents, or medical malpractice incidents. Benefits may also be payable for a death caused by a snowmobile accident or accident from another type of recreational vehicle.
Claims may be filed against drunk drivers who have caused a fatal accident or by an accident caused by badly maintained dangerous property.
If a family has lost a loved one to a wrongful death, what types of compensation might they be entitled to?
The family that has lost a loved one to a wrongful death is entitled to a variety of forms of compensation. They may be compensated for funeral and medical expenses as well as loss of care, guidance and companionship. The family may also be entitled to receive compensation for the income that family member would have earned and household services they would have provided had they not been killed.
What constitutes a wrongful death?
In order to claim that a loved oneâ€™s death was wrongful, there must be proof that the death was caused by either the negligent acts of another person or that the death was intentionally caused by another person.