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When should you file a claim for a wrongful death?

A wrongful death in the family can upset your entire world; you sources of income can suddenly change, and you may have to rearrange for childcare and other needs. Losing a loved one is hard enough without these everyday challenges, which is why you deserve to know the ways in which you can obtain the compensation you need. Your attorney can help you file a claim, so you can be fairly compensated for the negligence that resulted in your loved one's death.

What is a wrongful death?

A wrongful death is one that is caused by another person's negligence or misconduct. A murder, for instance, is one kind of misconduct that leads to a wrongful death. A car accident can cause a wrongful death if the driver was speeding, and so on.

When should my wrongful death lawsuit be filed?

Most people wait until the criminal lawsuit against a party has been completed before filing for a wrongful death claim, but you do not have to wait. Even if someone is not found guilty of a crime, it's possible to hold that same person accountable for another person's wrongful death. There is a lower standard of proof involved in wrongful death cases as opposed to criminal trials, so it's easier to hold someone accountable in that way.

When you're ready to file you case, you'll need to show how your loved one died and why the other person should be held responsible. Evidence is key to winning your case, so expert testimonies and witness statements can be of help when available.

Source: FindLaw, "Wrongful Death Overview," accessed May 04, 2016

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