Wrongful death cases are difficult to win since various factors might play a role in the circumstances that lead to an unintentional death. Survivors of someone who died as a result of the fault of another person or business, such as a car manufacturer may be eligible to file a wrongful death case. In wrongful death claims, the survivors seek damages or reimbursement for the losses they have suffered, such as lost wages, companionship, and burial fees. Filing a lawsuit after a loved one has died can be overwhelming and tough to handle on your own, oakslawfirm.com can help you do that. Wrongful death attorneys can assist families in starting this process and avoiding the statute of limitations while grieving.

When can I file a wrongful death claim?

When a victim who would otherwise have a viable personal injury claim is killed as a result of the defendant’s wrongful action, a wrongful death claim can be filed. The wrongful death claim can be filed in a  circumstances like -:

  • When a victim is killed on purpose.
  • When a patient dies as a result of medical malpractice, it is known as medical malpractice death.
  • Negligence-related car accidents have resulted in fatalities.

Who can file a lawsuit for wrongful death?

A representative must submit a wrongful death claim on behalf of the survivors who have been harmed by the decedent’s death (they are called the “real parties in interest”). The executor of the decedent’s estate is usually the representative. Some of the people who can file a lawsuit for wrongful death are –

  • Immediate family members 
  • Putative spouses, life partners, and financial dependents
  • Those who are financially disadvantaged.

How does a wrongful death lawsuit work?

A wrongful death lawsuit is filed in court by a surviving family member, spouse, or executor of an estate against an individual or group to hold them accountable for the death in issue. Wrongful death lawyers will try to prove the accused’s negligence or wrongdoing over the course of the case. They could also try to show that the supervising hospital neglected to allocate appropriately trained personnel to a particular surgery or patient. The court will evaluate the accused party’s level of guilt or liability, if any. The total damages that the accuser can expect will be affected by this decision. 

Family members or loved ones of the deceased frequently file wrongful death lawsuits against persons, companies, or other entities.