We have all heard the term, but what does wrongful death mean exactly? Here is a dictionary definition of the two-word phrase. It is a “civil action in which damages are sought against a party for causing a death, typically when criminal action has failed”. It is a claim against a person who can be held liable for a death.
Usually a wrongful death suit is brought by relatives of the deceased. Any fatality caused by the wrongful acts of another might result in a wrongful death claim. Many of these claims are based upon death resulting from negligence, for example following a motor vehicle accident caused by another driver, a dangerous roadway or defective vehicle, or even medical malpractice.
This is a very serious issue which must be treated with thoughtful consideration and planning. Successful attorneys are very difficult to find. Ken Wagner Law located in Albuquerque has been one of the leading wrongful death law firms in the Great Southwest for decades. Please call for a consultation at (505) 232-6300.