Wrongful death is defined as: The taking of the life of an individual resulting from the willful or negligent act of another person or persons.
Originally, wrongful death statutes were created to provide financial support for widows and orphans and to hopefully discourage people from be careless and causing injuries and death to others. If a criminal defendant is found guilty in causing a death in a criminal proceeding that conviction can be used in a Civil proceeding. Even if a defendant was found not guilty of murder he or she may be sued for wrongful death in a civil action by the victim’s family.
Today, if a person is killed because of wrongful actions by a person or persons, the decedent’s heirs and other beneficiaries may file a wrongful death action against those responsible for the decedent’s death. It is important to note that wrongful death statutes vary from state to state.
An action for wrongful death may be brought for either an intentional or unintentional act that causes an injury resulting in death. A blow to the head during an altercation that later results in death is an injury that is intentionally caused. The driver of an automobile who unintentionally causes the death of another in an accident may be held liable for Negligence; this negligence therefore resulted in an unintentional, wrongful death.
If you feel that you have lost a loved one to a wrongful death, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible, and Jeffrey S. Wasserman, P.C., is among the best. Jeffrey S. Wasserman, P.C., has successfully litigated wrongful death suits and will carefully access the details and circumstances of the situation. Mr. Wasserman understands the emotional impact of the death of a loved one, and will honestly advise you. If he feels you do not have a case, he will tell you.
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