The loss of a loved one is never easy, but when their death was due to a preventable accident, their death is made even more tragic. Families who have endured a wrongful death can look to a skilled lawyer to assist them with filing a lawsuit against the negligent party for their role in the accident.
Defining wrongful death
Wrongful death is a type of personal injury case where a person has died as a result of one more parties’ negligence or inaction. Certain eligible family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit within two years of the date of their loved one’s death so that they can recover compensation to cover medical expenses, funeral costs, and other damages.
A wrongful death claim can involve many types of accidents. Common types of accidents that a lawyer often handles include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Construction accidents
- Product liability
- Premises liability
What are the elements in a wrongful death lawsuit?
Four main elements must be proven in a wrongful death case. In general, the main elements of a wrongful death lawsuit are:
- Negligence. A critical part of any kind of personal injury case, a lawyer must prove that the defendant conducted negligent actions, such as behaving recklessly and without regard to the safety of the victim.
- Duty of care. At the time of the incident, the defendant must have had a duty to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the victim. The defendant knowingly violated their duty by engaging in negligent actions, resulting in a breach of their duty of care to the victim.
- Causation. A lawyer must show that the defendant’s actions directly caused the victim’s death.
- Damages. The deceased’s family may be entitled to certain economic and non-economic damages, such as medical expenses, funeral costs, and pain and suffering.
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