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What is considered a "wrongful death" under the law in my jurisdiction?

What is considered a wrongful death under the law in my jurisdiction

"Wrongful death" refers to a legal claim that can be filed when an individual's death is caused by the wrongful act, negligence, or misconduct of another party. The specific definition and elements of a wrongful death claim can vary depending on the jurisdiction, as each state or country may have its own laws and regulations governing wrongful death cases. However, there are some common principles that are typically found in wrongful death laws.


What is Considered a Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death claim must contain the following elements:

Death Caused by Negligence or Wrongful Act

To bring a wrongful death claim, it must be established that the death was caused by the negligence, recklessness, intentional harm, or wrongful act of another party. This can include actions such as car accidents caused by a careless driver, medical malpractice, product defects, workplace accidents, or criminal acts.

Legal Standing

Wrongful death claims can only be filed by certain individuals who have legal standing to do so. In most jurisdictions, immediate family members of the deceased, such as spouses, children, or parents, have the right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Some jurisdictions may also allow dependent beneficiaries or representatives of the deceased's estate to file a claim.

Loss of Financial and Emotional Support

Wrongful death claims seek to compensate surviving family members for the losses they have suffered as a result of the death. This can include loss of financial support, loss of companionship, emotional distress, and the costs associated with the funeral and burial.

Burden of Proof

In a wrongful death claim, the burden of proof lies with the plaintiff (the party bringing the claim) to demonstrate that the defendant's negligence or wrongful actions directly caused the death and resulting damages.


Can a Wrongful Death Attorney Help Me File a Claim?

It's important to consult with a wrongful death lawyer to understand the specific laws and requirements for wrongful death claims in your area. An experienced wrongful death attorney can guide you through the legal process, protect your rights, and help you seek fair compensation for the loss of your loved one.


Contact Us Today

If you lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, schedule a free consultation with a wrongful death lawyer at MVP Accident Attorneys to discuss your case and explore your legal options. Our dedicated team will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and ensure you obtain the compensation you deserve for the devastating loss of a loved one. Contact us today to learn more.


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Brett S. Sachs graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with Cum Laude Honors. While attending Michigan State, Brett was awarded for his service in the Michigan State University College of Law Civil Rights Clinic, where he represented prisoners of the Michigan Department of Corrections from injustices brought upon them. Learn more.

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