Wrongful deaths are a tragic and devastating time for families who have lost a love one due to personal injury. In the year 2014, there were over 32,000 fatalities as a result of auto accidents, and nearly 14,000 people lost their life while on the job. During this tragic and devastating time, families are often left with unanswered questions, the most common question being: Which family member can file a wrongful death lawsuit?
Initially, people assume that only the spouse or children are allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit, however, this is false. If someone dies from a wrongful death, there are multiple people who can file a wrongful death lawsuit, such as the survivors of the person whom died (spouse, children, or parents) and whomever is listed on their Will.
Although it gets a little complex, if someone was dependent of the decedent who are blood relatives or even adoptive siblings, can also file a wrongful death lawsuit.
If you are seeking answers from family members, friends, or even browsing on the internet for which family member can file a wrongful death lawsuit or any additional questions you may have, you may not be getting the complete answer you are looking for. Someone who has a wrongful death lawsuit similar to the one you and your family are going through, will try and give you advice as to what their Attorney told them, not knowing that one little detail could make your two cases completely different. You don’t want to be told the wrong information and miss out on a potential case you may have.
If you experience a wrongful death of someone close to you, and you are not sure if you are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit or have any additional questions, contact a lawyer. Law offices like Brooks Law Group, do not charge for case evaluations and don’t receive any money unless you do. We are here to help provide these answers, help make this tragic time a little easier on you and your family by guiding you through this wrongful death lawsuit, and are also here to provide you with the best client experience possible.