Wrongful death is when an individual’s negligent behavior or wrongdoing causes the death of another person. In the case of wrongful death, the family members of the decedent (the individual who has died) can be included in a claim for the death of their loved one.
Examples of common wrongful death causes include fatal car accidents or work accidents. Due to the complicating factors for most wrongful death claims, our attorneys recommend that any family dealing with the loss of a loved one due to another’s negligence contact a wrongful death attorney to explain their legal options.
Who can sue for wrongful death?
Those who can be included in a wrongful death lawsuit include the following individuals who have relationships with the decedent:
- Spouses – spouses may pursue a wrongful death claim for the loss of their loved one
- Children – children of the decedent may receive compensation for the loss of their parent
- Siblings – if there is a relationship with the decedent
The wrongful death lawsuit is filed by a personal representative of the decedent’s estate. The personal representative of the estate in the wrongful death lawsuit is usually the person named the executor of the decedent’s estate.
Who is the wrongful death lawsuit against?
There are various individuals and entities that a wrongful death can be filed against. One wrongful death lawsuit can even include multiple defendants. For example, if a fatal car accident involved a faulty bridge in addition to a driver who was under the influence of alcohol, the resulting wrongful death lawsuit could include both as defendants:
- The driver responsible for the car accident
- The construction company of the faulty bridge
- The manufacturer of the faulty bridge component
Having an experienced wrongful death attorney to represent you and your family is important to your settlement. An attorney can ensure that all proper steps are taken and the responsible individuals and entities are included in the lawsuit.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit
If you have lost a loved one due to a wrongful death accident, call the attorneys at Contrada & Associates. Our law office has helped countless families navigate through the wrongful death legal process, offering sympathy, understanding, and legal guidance. Call our office at 419.841.4400 to speak directly to a wrongful death attorney about your case. We will review your options and work on your behalf to ensure that your family receives the compensation that is deserved for your loss.