Wrongful death suits are somewhat unique in that a personal injury lawyer may pursue it as a single case or accompanying another personal injury case such as a car or plane crash. Legal texts specify that wrongful death is “ when a person is killed due to the negligence or misconduct of another individual, company or entity.”
Only the personal representative of a decedent’s estate who is usually an immediate family member such as a parent, spouse or child may bring a wrongful death suit. The personal injury lawyer must prove that immediate family members are suffering financially as a consequence of the death.
Your state may require additional items to file a wrongful death suit. We recommend contacting a personal injury attorney who is familiar with the laws in your state to help.
Your personal injury attorney can help you build a convincing case and will be able to determine the amount in damages you should seek based on the decedent’s health, life expectancy, education, earning capacity, age and other factors.
Wrongful death suits are far more complicated than they may first appear. Once your case has closed and you’ve received your settlement, you’ll be convinced that hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer was one of the smartest things you’ve ever done.