Wrongful death is a legal term to describe a claim that certain individuals can make against a person who wrongfully or negligently causes the death of another. Each state legislature has enacted wrongful death statutes that govern who can bring a wrongful death claim.
What kind of incidents qualify as wrongful death?
Not all deaths caused by another qualify as a wrongful death. The death must have occurred due to the negligence of another to be considered wrongful death. Incidentally, many incidents could be considered negligent behavior that lead to the death of another. Here are some examples of wrongful death claims:
- Texting, drunk driving or other distracted driving which caused a fatal car accident.
- Property damage or premises liability that resulted in a drowning accident.
- Drugs or defective products that caused the victim to die.
Depending on the circumstances, you may qualify to claim wrongful death. Be sure to contact Parke Gordon to determine if you have a legitimate wrongful death case. Call (509) 582-7274 for a free consultation.
Who can file a wrongful death claim?
Even so, if your case does qualify, only certain individuals can make the claim for the damages and loss of their loved ones.
In most cases, the following individuals may file a wrongful death claim:
- Spouses or life partners
- Other dependents
By and large, to receive justice for a wrongful death you must have some substantial evidence. Ultimately, there are some key factors you must have to prove your claim is valid. For instance, you must include the fact that the party you are suing owes your loved one a duty of care, they breached that duty to care and as a result they caused the death. Extensive evidence, expert opinions, witness testimony, thorough legal investigation, and much more could be required.
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