Important Information about Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Wrongful death lawsuits are lawsuits that result from the negligence of another. The death may be the result of an accident or workplace injury caused by someone or through negligent circumstances. A lawsuit can be filed on behalf of the deceased person by a relative. The first step is to determine whether the death qualifies for a wrongful death lawsuit.
In order to file a wrongful death lawsuit the death must have occurred through the negligence of another. There must be evidence that there was negligence in order to proceed and win in a court. The responsible party must be named in the wrongful death lawsuit. Sometimes there may be more than one responsible party. In this case the lawsuit may name more than one person.
Every state has wrongful death statutes that dictate when and how to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The amount of time to file a lawsuit varies so it is generally best to file a wrongful death lawsuit as soon as possible after the death. Gather as much information as you can about the circumstances around the death and consult with an attorney.
Consult with a wrongful death attorney who specializes in wrongful death lawsuits. This will ensure that you have the best and most current information about filing these types of cases. The attorney will usually consult with you at no charge to determine whether you have a case. If you do have a strong case the attorney may take it on contingency, getting paid once the case is final.
The damages that can be obtained in the settlement of wrongful death lawsuits can vary greatly depending on circumstances. In general you can expect to get compensation for the loss of any future earnings of the deceased person, work benefits that the person would have had, inheritance and grievance. Many times wrongful death lawsuits are settled out of court. The monetary award will be given through the terms of the decedent’s will.