Many people can bring a wrongful death suit on behalf of the decedent (the person who has died). People who sue for wrongful death must have had a close personal relationship with the decedent. Most wrongful death suits are brought by the following people:
In some states, only the personal representative of the deceased will be able to bring a wrongful death action in court. Any money that is then recovered will be placed into a special account or trust to be distributed to the people named above.
You can testify about your relationship with the decedent. Other witnesses (includeing the decedent's family members and loved ones) may also testify about your relationship with the decedent. The court will take this testimony and other factual information into account to determine if you had a "close personal relationship" with the decedent.
The damages you will receive if you are successful in a wrongful death suit will vary quite a bit from case to case and may include:
If your family member or loved one died because of someone else's wrongdoing, you should consult an experienced wrongful death attorney. He or she can help determine whether you have a valid claim and can help you understand your rights and remedies.
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