When a person dies due to the negligence or recklessness of another, it is considered a wrongful death. If you have lost a loved one in such a tragedy, you may be wondering if you have any legal recourse. The answer depends on several factors, including the circumstances leading up to the death, whether there was any criminal intent, and whether the responsible party can be held liable in civil court.
To prove liability in a wrongful death case, you will need to show that the defendant owed a duty of care to the deceased, that they breached that duty, and that their actions (or lack thereof) directly led to the death. If you are successful in proving liability, you may be awarded damages to cover funeral and burial expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and more.
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else's negligence or recklessness, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim. Contact our injury attorneys to discuss your case and learn more about your legal options.