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What are the necessary elements to file a wrongful death suit?

What are the necessary elements to file a wrongful death suit?

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What are the necessary elements to file a wrongful death suit?

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When you decide you want to file a wrongful death lawsuit, your attorney can help you understand the elements that must be present for the case to be heard by the court. For instance, you won’t be able to file a lawsuit for the death of a beloved pet as a wrongful death lawsuit; it must be a human who passed away.

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Not every death is a wrongful death

The death of your loved one must have been caused by negligence or an intent to cause harm; that means that not every death is going to be a wrongful death. So, it would not be possible to file a wrongful death lawsuit just because a doctor’s treatment of a patient didn’t work or because a person passed away naturally in another’s care. Several kinds of deaths can be attributed to negligence, though, like those involving surgical errors or negligent actions from a drunk driver, for instance.

 

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Requirements To File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit

To present a case, you need to prove that you’ve suffered monetary injury as a result of your loved one passing away. A good example of this would be a stay-at-home parent who relied on the other parent’s income to support his or her family. Another example would be a child who now has to grow up without the support of a father or mother and can now claim monetary injury, since that child won’t receive the usual support from that parent.

Someone from the decedent’s estate must be appointed as the personal representative. That person will be who can work with the attorney and go to court over the wrongful death. If all elements of the case are present, it’s possible for the court to hear and rule on the case.

Source: FindLaw, “Wrongful Death Overview,” accessed Dec. 16, 2015

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