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What should I know about filing a wrongful death lawsuit?

When you lose a loved one in a tragic accident, you might decide that you can't just sit around and grieve. You might want to take action to avenge that death. A wrongful death lawsuit might be an option for you as long as the case meets certain requirements. You should evaluate the case so that you can decide what you are going to do.

What are the conditions that must be present in a wrongful death lawsuit?

There are four points that must be present in a wrongful death lawsuit. The person who was killed had to be a human, so you couldn't file a claim if your pet died. Next, the death had to be the result of someone's negligence, purposeful action or recklessness. Third, you had to have suffered financial damages because of the death of your human loved one. Finally, the estate of your loved one has to have a personal representative appointed.

What can a wrongful death lawsuit accomplish?

A wrongful death lawsuit can help you to recoup the money that you lost because of your loved one's death. You can include a claim for the loss of your loved one's income. You can also add in final expenses, medical bill and other bills associated with the death.

When you are trying to decide if a wrongful death lawsuit is appropriate for your case, you should evaluate each option for damages that are possible. You also need to look into what parties you might name as defendants in the case. These points can be crucial components in your wrongful death claim.

Source: FindLaw, "Wrongful Death Overview," accessed April 07, 2017

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