Wrongful Death

What is it?

Wrongful Death is the death of a person due to the negligence of another entity, be that a person or a business. In fact, this type of law was not acknowledged until relatively recently (within the past century), as it had been previously rejected by “Common Law” (old English law that carried over after the American Revolution).



Who can file for Wrongful Death?

Those who can file for wrongful death include family, dependents, life partners, and those who suffer financially because of the death.



How does it work?

Example: Joe the construction worker is killed by poorly managed construction equipment. Joe’s family could sue for wrongful death. If his coworkers cannot work on the site for a time because of the death, and thereby suffer financially, they could sue for wrongful death as well.



Are you considering filing for wrongful death and need a lawyer? Have further questions? Please call 805.569.9400.

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