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What You Need to Know About Wrongful Death Claims

Wrongful death occurs when a person dies due to the negligence or misconduct of one or more parties. For example, if a hospital patient dies because a doctor did not provide the medical standard of care, surviving dependents may file a wrongful death claim. Another example could be if a passenger in a vehicle is killed by a defect. In such cases, if the deceased person had survived, they may have been able to file a personal injury lawsuit. Instead, their loved ones may file a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims can be filed by a surviving spouse, parents, siblings, nieces, nephews or other parties who were dependent on the deceased person. Damages from a wrongful death lawsuit may pay for expenses that include: Medical and funeral expenses. Damages from a lawsuit may pay for the medical bills, funeral and burial expenses of the deceased person. For example, if…
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