Starting Your Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Wrongful death claims can be filed by family members of a deceased individual whose death was caused by the actions of another person or entity. A wrongful death claim seeks compensation for the survivors' losses. Compensation can be awarded to cover things like lost wages from the deceased, loss of companionship, and funeral expenses. It doesn’t matter if the death was caused by intentional, reckless, or negligent acts, survivors of the deceased can still file a wrongful death claim. In this blog, we explain how to get started on your wrongful death lawsuit.
What is Wrongful Death Claim?
Wrongful death claims cover all kinds of fatal accidents, from car collisions to medical malpractice. These claims can also be filed over product liability issues. Persons, companies, and governmental agencies can all be held at fault for actions that are deemed negligent or intentional.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death claim has to be filed by a representative of the survivor. Typically, the representative is the executor of the deceased person’s estate. People who are eligible to file a claim include:
- Immediate Family Members
- Life Partners, Financial Dependents, & Putative Spouses
- Distant Family Members
Who Can I Sue for a Wrongful Death?
As stated before, a wrongful death lawsuit can be brought against a wide range of people, companies, government agencies, and employees. Parties that can be filed against include:
- The person who designed or built a faulty roadway
- The driver or employer who is at fault for an automobile accident
- A government employee who failed to provide adequate warnings for road hazards that created an accident
- The manufacturer, distributor, or installer of a malfunctioning or dangerous product
- A person who sold, served, or gave alcohol to an impaired driver
Do you need help filing a wrongful death claim? At Saint & Watzke, PLLP, we are here to help with all of your legal needs. Let our attorneys put their experience to work for you.
Call (918) 721-0998, or contact our Sapulpa team of wrongful death lawyers to get started on your case today.