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What is "Wrongful Death?"

Learn about whether you can bring a wrongful death claim

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Everyone has heard the term wrongful death, but do you really know what types of accidents or negligent behavior can constitute a wrongful death?

What is Wrongful Death?

In legalese, if someone dies because of the actions, negligence, or conduct of another person or a company, the family can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the parties responsible.

It doesn't matter if the death was intentional or unintentional, the fact remains that the actions or negligence of someone else caused your family member to die.

Types of Accidents that May Cause a Wrongful Death

A wrongful death can occur in many ways. One of the most common causes of wrongful death is fatal car accidents.

Another common cause of wrongful death is a work related accident resulting in a fatality. Construction accidents, mining accidents, unsafe work environments, etc. are all responsible for thousands of wrongful deaths every year in the United States.

Medical malpractice, dangerous pharmaceuticals, and other health care related errors or equipment malfunctions can also fall under the term "wrongful death."

A defective product, normally called a product liability lawsuit in the legal field, can also be responsible for a wrongful death.

There are also certain crimes such as assault and battery, etc. that if a death occurs because of the injuries received by the victim of the crime, family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the people or persons responsible for their loved one's death.

Filing a Claim for Wrongful Death

Laws vary from state to state regarding who is eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Generally, the spouse and children of the victim are able to file a claim. In some states relatives such as grandparents, parents, etc. are also eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit.


If one of your loved ones has been killed due to the conduct or negligence of another person, or company, you may be eligible to recover money for your loss. While this money won't bring back your family member, it can help ensure the financial security of you and your family into the future.

You should consult an attorney qualified and experienced in handling a wrongful death claim if you feel you are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

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