Wrongful death lawsuits typically revolve around the death of an individual through a negligent or reckless action of another individual or entity. Wrongful death suits are typically filed by the family members of the wrongful death victims.
The victim’s family can file the suit to seek compensation against the person whose reckless or negligent action resulted in the victim’s death. The families can claim compensation for the loss of inheritance, support, funeral expenses, or medical expenses.
If you wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit, you must ensure that your case is filed within the period prescribed the applicable statute of limitations in your particular state. The statute of limitations will prescribe the time period within which your claim must be filed. If you do not file during this timeframe, you will lose your right to file a claim.
Although each state possesses their own wrongful death laws, they generally uphold the same principles. You must prove that the death of the victim was caused by a wrongful act or negligent conduct. You must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant is liable for your family member’s death. In addition, you must prove that you have suffered the loss of real wages or finances to win a wrongful death suit.