What Are Wrongful Death Damages? Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
A wrongful death is one that should not have happened. This means preventable fatalities, including those caused by car accident injuries, a fall, an assault, or medical malpractice.
“Damages” refers to the financial compensation negotiated in a settlement or awarded by a judge or jury. Such funds are meant to pay for the damages caused, injuries inflicted, and in cases of wrongful death, the life lost (including that person’s potential income).
Each state has its own unique language regarding who exactly can file a wrongful death lawsuit. However, immediate family like a spouse, a parent, or a child always has the right, including adopted children/parents. In some instances, financial dependents, more distant relatives like grandparents, or creditors may also file a wrongful death lawsuit.
If you believe you have a case, contact a wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. Each state also has its own rules regarding how long you have to file a lawsuit after a death. If that timeline runs out before your lawyer can file the paperwork, you may miss out on the compensation you and your family deserve. Call Pierce Skrabanek for representation at 832-690-7000.