Losing a loved one is easily one of the most tragic experiences a person can face in life. It can feel like an essential part of your life was taken from you. Even if you’ve lost a loved one due to old age or from a prolonged life-threatening illness, no one is truly prepared for the loss that inevitably follows.
As devastating as losing a loved one may be, it can be even worse when a loved one is suddenly taken from you due to the recklessness of another person. If you’ve lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence or misconduct, you may be entitled to a compensation for your loss. Our job as Advocates is to not only help you take care of the legal ramifications of your wrongful death claim, we are also here to help you with the grieving process. You don’t have to worry about the stress of someone else’s wrongdoing alone. You can contact The Advocates today for a free evaluation of your situation or to simply talk about what you’re going through.
What is a Wrongful Death Accident?
A wrongful death is if someone dies due to the negligence or the wrongdoing by another person or party. A wrongful death claim is a lawsuit against the at-fault party who was proven responsible for the wrongdoing or death. In these instances, the at-fault parties may include a list of different people, depending on your case. Some of the most common types of wrongful deaths include:
- Faulty auto parts, causing an accident and death
- An aviation crash
- Medical malpractices
- Work-related accidents
- Mislabeled or defective medications
If you have any questions regarding your case, you can contact one of our wrongful death accident lawyers today. We’ll give you a free consultation regarding your wrongful death claim and provide you with valuable insight on your case.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim
Laws vary from state to state, but in general, a wrongful death claim has to be filed by a “representative” on behalf of the survivors who have suffered the damages because of a wrongful death. Usually, the representative is the executor of the descendant’s estate. The survivors are called “real parties in interest.” In different states, some of those people could include:
- Immediate family members. In all states, immediate family members such as spouses and children (including adopted children), and the parents of unmarried children can recover damages under wrongful death actions.
- Life partners, financial dependents, and putative spouses. These phrases mean different things in different states. In some states a domestic or life partner, or anyone who was financially dependent on the decedent, can recover. “Putative” just means someone who had a good faith belief he or she was married to the decedent.
- Distant family members. Some states allow other family members such as brothers or sisters, or even grandparents to bring a claim. For instance, grandparents who are raising a child are allowed to bring a claim.
- All people who suffer financially. Some states even allow unrelated persons who suffer financially from the death to bring a wrongful death action. So even if they are not related by blood or marriage to the victim, if they have lost care or support a lawsuit might be possible.
Wrongful Death Accident Lawyer
Filing a wrongful death claim can be difficult and time consuming, especially when you’re dealing with the death of a loved one. By hiring an Advocate you can focus on the healing process while we do our best to help you receive a fair and just settlement from the person or party responsible for the wrongful death.
Don’t hesitate to call one of our wrongful death accident lawyers. You can contact us at (801)-326-0809 or speak with one of our attorneys at our homepage.