Causes of Wrongful DeathsCar accidents are one of the most common reasons for wrongful death lawsuits, as more than 37,000 people die in road crashes each year in the United States. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, approximately 225,000 people die as a result of medical malpractice each year. Various acts of neglect can lead to wrongful death including:
- 18-wheeler accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
- Car wrecks
- Workplace injuries
- Motorcycle crashes
Proving a Wrongful Death ActionThere are a few general elements that you should expect to prove to be successful in a wrongful death case:
- That the defendant caused that death either through negligence or with the intent to harm.
- That you are the right party to file the lawsuit according to local laws. For example, a decedent or financial dependent
What Damages are Available in a Wrongful Death SuitIf you are successful in a wrongful death lawsuit, you may be able to recover economic and non-economic damages. These include:
- Funeral and medical expenses
- Loss of household services – the cost to replace all of the things your loved one used to do around the house, such as repairs.
- Loss of inheritance and financial support
- Mental anguish, pain, and suffering – those items that are so difficult to value.