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Who initiates a wrongful death lawsuit?

On Behalf of | Jul 22, 2022 | Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents

We all hope to live long, full lives and pass away at an old age. However, not everyone is so fortunate. Some people pass away far too early in various types of fatal accidents.

While any time families lose a loved one, when the loved one dies suddenly in a fatal car accident in can be particularly difficult. People are not given time to prepare for the death. Also, if the loved is relatively young when they pass away, they may be a primary provider and caregiver for the family. Their loved ones are now left without someone who not only provided love and guidance for the family, but also contributed financially to the family.

If the fatal accident was caused by another party’s negligence, the family may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. These can provide compensation to the family to at least limit the financial damages caused by the death. However, as the victim of the accident is no longer able to file their own lawsuit it must be done by someone else.

Personal representatives and others

There are a number of people who may initiate a wrongful death lawsuit depending on the circumstances. It could be the personal representative of the estate, the spouse of the victim, the parent of a child victim, brothers or sisters of the victim, children of a parent victim or all interested parties could bring one lawsuit together.

While it will never replace the loved one, compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit can be crucial to the family’s financial future as they cope with their heartbreaking and unexpected loss. Experienced attorneys understand these complicated matters and could help people receive what they deserve.