Common Questions About Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Posted on behalf of Edwards Law Firm on Sep 10, 2015 in Personal Injury
If you have lost a loved one because of the negligence of someone else, you deserve justice. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit can help you get the compensation you deserve for your loss.
Below are a few common questions our clients typically have about filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
What is a wrongful death claim?
Wrongful death is a death caused by negligence or wrongdoing. The law provides close relatives of the deceased with compensation for wrongful death damages.
Who can bring a wrongful death claim?
In most states, a court-appointed personal representative of the deceased can file a wrongful death suit. The representative brings the wrongful death case to benefit next of kin.
Are murder and wrongful death the same?
No, murder entails a criminal process, while wrongful death involves a civil lawsuit. Both are similar because someone has died due to another's actions but they differ when it comes to legal definitions and the actions carried out. No criminal charges can be filed in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Is there a time limit for filing a wrongful death lawsuit?
Yes, a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within a certain time period, which varies between each state. This calculation should be made by a wrongful death attorney because, if you miss the time slot, you forfeit your opportunity to request compensation.
Why should I hire a wrongful death attorney?
In addition to providing you with legal counsel and direction, an attorney may be a source of comfort. Your attorney will fight for justice so that you receive monetary compensation for damages like pain and suffering, lost financial support and even loss of companionship.
The wrongful death attorneys at The Edwards Law Firm are here to help. We are experienced in guiding mourning families through the process and will make sure you get the justice you deserve.