What Does Wrongful Death Mean?
Wrongful death is a claim made against a person or company who caused the death of another either by negligence or some other form of unjust action. The damages received in a wrongful death claim are awarded to the survivors of the victim. Wrongful death claims often arise as a result of a car accident or medical malpractice. This differs from a negligence claim in that the person filing the claim is not filing over an injury.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
A person must be able to prove relationship to the victim. A neighbor or friend cannot file a wrongful death claim because there is no evidence to prove that he or she suffered from the loss. Generally, to sue for wrongful death one must be a spouse, parent or child of the victim. In some cases grandparents, extended family or dependents of the victim are able to file a wrongful death claim.
At Ron Austin Law, we understand that coping with the loss of a loved one can be one of the toughest times of your life. When your family member’s death was caused by another party’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit and receive the closure and financial compensation to which you and your family are entitled. The experienced attorneys at Ron Austin Law will help guide you through the process and help you to receive the monetary damages you are entitled to.