WRONGFUL DEATH LAW
When a person is killed because of misconduct,
a claim for wrongful death may arise. The misconduct can
be negligence or carelessness, as in an automobile
or can be an intentional or reckless act. The death can be
caused by another person or by a corporation.
When a wrongful death occurs the law provides
a remedy by compensating the person's survivors. Compensation
can obtained for the victim's pain and suffering before they
died, and for the monetary loss to the victim's survivors
or dependents. The law determines the identity of those entitled
to compensation in a wrongful death claim. For example, a
person's spouse and minor children would typically have a
right to recover for wrongful death.
Any person who believes he or she may be a survivor or
beneficiary when a person dies may be entitled to compensation
because of wrongful death and has a right to start an investigation
of a potential claim. Sometimes the person most likely to
investigate a claim, such as a widow, is not willing to look
into the matter. When that happens, any survivor or beneficiary
has a right to start the investigation and the wrongful death
claim. The survivor should contact an attorney experienced
in handling wrongful death claims.
Some of these cases may also touch upon
the area of Medical
Malpractice Law. Please browse through
these pages to learn more.