Wrongful death is when someone’s negligence directly leads to the death of another person. If you suspect that this is the case for a loved one, the first thing to do is understand the circumstances under which you are entitled to compensation. Continue reading to gain a fuller understanding of your rights.
What Constitutes Wrongful Death?
When you’re mourning the loss of someone you care about, the last thing you want is to consult a lawyer and find that the death does not fall under the wrongful death category. Certain events that qualify include medical malpractice, intentional killing and car accidents in which the deceased was killed because of negligence. In order for your case to stand up in court, you must prove that the defendant acted in a way that caused your loved one’s death.
Who Can Sue on Behalf of the Victim?
In order for the court to accept your case, you typically must be a close family member of the deceased. The definition of close varies by state. Spouses qualify everywhere. Elsewhere, siblings, minor children of adult parents, parents of minor children and extended family members can sue.
If the court rules in your favor, you may receive compensation for loss of income, funeral costs, loss of companionship and hospital costs before death. Call Law Offices of Jeffrey A. Garrety, P.C. to find out more about the steps you should take when a loved one has suffered a wrongful death.