Wrongful death is a legal claim that allows the surviving family members or beneficiaries of a deceased person to seek compensation when the negligence or misconduct of another person or entity caused the death.
The unexpected death of a person caused by the negligence or misconduct of another person is considered wrongful death and may meet the circumstances necessary to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Like personal injury claims, determining fault is required for the basis of the claim and compensation. Survivors of the deceased, including spouses, immediate family members, children, and parents, may be entitled to compensation for the loss, including lost wages, the prospect of inheritance, companionship, and funeral expenses. These claims can provide financial relief and accountability for those responsible. Wrongful death recovery is determined by the state and generally filed by a representative of the deceased estate.
The Skeldon Law team is knowledgeable in wrongful death cases and available to provide an understanding of specific laws and answer questions regarding compensation due to the negligence or misconduct of another party.