Wrongful death occurs when an individual is killed due to the negligence or wrongful act of another. Wrongful death claims can arise from many different circumstances including:
- Automobile, motorcycle, airplane, train accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Criminal activity
- Product defects
The following individuals may bring a wrongful death claim:
- The decedent’s personal representative on behalf of those entitled to bring a claim
- The decedent’s surviving spouse
- The decedent’s domestic partner
- The decedent’s children
- The “putative spouse”, children of the putative spouse, stepchildren, or parents if they were dependent on the decedent. A “putative spouse” refers to the surviving spouse of a void or voidable marriage who is found by the court to have believed in good faith that the marriage to the decedent was valid.
- If there is no surviving children, then those entitled to the decedent’s property by intestate succession
- A minor, if at the time of the decedent’s death, the minor resided for the previous 180 days in the decedent’s household and was dependent on the decedent for one-half or more of the minor’s support.
A wrongful death claimant may generally be entitled to the following damages:
- The financial support, if any, that the decedent would have contributed to the family during either the life expectancy that the decedent had before his/her death or the life expectancy of the claimant, whichever is shorter
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection, society, moral support, enjoyment of sexual relations
- The reasonable value of household services that the decedent would have provided
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If you lost a loved one due to someone’s negligence, contact Culver Law Firm for a free consultation. Our consultations are always confidential; you can trust us to represent your interests fairly. We help you get back on the road to recovery.