Wrongful Death is a claim against a person who can be held liable for a death.
A wrongful death claim is brought in a civil action, usually by close relatives.
The standard of proof in the United States is “preponderance of the evidence.” The death must have been caused, in whole or in part, by the defendant’s conduct, even though there was no direct intention to kill the victim. The defendant must have been deemed negligent or strictly liable for the victim’s death. Also, the deceased must have dependent party, such as family members, who have suffered from emotional and monetary damages as a result of the death.
Wrongful death is a particularly complicated part of personal injury law, with several elements needed to have a valid claim. Pursuing an action of this type involves many steps, including investigation and often mediation, during which the parties try to come to an agreement rather than going to trial.
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If your loved one has suffered a death as a result of an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.
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