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The Basics of a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

When someone is killed by another person due to negligence or other provable fault, the survivors can initiate a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party or the company that employs them. A wrongful death lawsuit generally seeks compensation for funeral expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and punitive damages. Here is a quick rundown on the basic process:

WHAT IS A WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM?

Wrongful death lawsuits can be brought about for a variety of reasons. These include include deaths caused by automobile, motorcycle and large truck accidents, medical malpractice, or slip and fall incidents. People, companies, and governmental agencies can all be legally at fault for acting negligently or for acting intentionally.

WHO CAN BE SUED FOR A WRONGFUL DEATH?

A wrongful death claim is brought against seemingly responsible entities, such as individuals, companies (and their employees) or government agencies. For example, the driver of a car, motorcycle or large truck who disobeys the law and subsequently may be liable for any deaths that they cause. Other examples are: engineering or construction firms that build a faulty structure, doctors who are guilty of malpractice, and even bartenders who serve a patron “one too many” can be legally culpable for their actions – whether intentional or not.

WHO MAY SUE FOR WRONGFUL DEATH?

After the death of an individual, a wrongful suit claim can be filed by an attorney on behalf of the survivors. In general, family members or sometimes distant relatives, life partners whether married in the eyes of the law or not and any other person who suffers from the death financially – business partners, employers and the like – are all entitled to sue because of the harm done to them both personally and financially.

Contending with a wrongful death lawsuit is always difficult for the plaintiffs. They must be prosecuted properly to help take care of the spouse or children left behind. For further information on how our Boulder law firm can help you with a matter like this one, please contact us at Sloat & Nicholson P.C.We can be found online atSloatLaw.com or reached directly at 303.447.1144.

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