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What is wrongful death?

| Aug 30, 2017 | Wrongful Death |

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, then you may have a wrongful death situation. Wrongful death is when the actions of one person causes the death of another person. At Harvey & Foote Law Firm, LLC, we see various wrongful death cases that run through a range of experiences, but one thing they all have in common is how heartbreaking they are. Such deaths could have almost always been prevented.

A wrongful death can be the result of many situations. A car accident, abuse, a workplace accident or medical malpractice can all lead a death caused by someone else’s wrongdoing. Whether those wrongful actions were on purpose or not often does not matter. It is purely the action of doing something that should not have been done that leads to a death that makes up a wrongful death situation.

The Balance notes that filing a claim for wrongful death requires showing you and your family have suffered due to the death in a way that is measurable and proving it was by someone else’s action that the death occurred. Generally, such cases are filed by immediate family.

Damages from such a claim are monetary in nature. Wrongful death is not a criminal charge, although criminal charges may be brought by the state in some situations. Typically, courts will award money for expenses related to the death, medical bills and pain and suffering. If you want to learn more about wrongful death, then please visit our website.