A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil case that is brought by the survivors of a person who has been killed due to the negligence or wrongful act of another person. The purpose of a wrongful death lawsuit is to seek compensation for the losses that the survivors have suffered as a result of the death, such as lost income, funeral expenses, and pain and suffering.
In order to file a wrongful death lawsuit, the survivors must first prove that the death was caused by the negligence or wrongful act of the defendant. This can be done by showing that the defendant owed a duty of care to the deceased, that the defendant breached that duty, that the breach of duty caused the death, and that the survivors have suffered damages as a result of the death.
The amount of compensation that the survivors can recover in a wrongful death lawsuit will vary depending on the specific facts of the case. However, the survivors may be able to recover damages for lost income, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses.
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence or wrongful act of another person, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit. It is important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your legal rights.