Who May Be Charged of Wrongful Death?

A wrongful death suit can be filed against a person or entity if another person dies due to their fault or negligence. A representative of the surviving family can ask for compensation for the loss of their loved one through a lawsuit, with the help of a wrongful death lawyer.

Persons who are allowed to sue for wrongful death include the immediate family members of the deceased, spouses, financial dependents, and, in some cases, parents of the deceased. Meanwhile, lawsuits for wrongful death can be filed against the driver at fault in a vehicular accident, the designer and/or builder of the building or roadway involved in the accident, the manufacturer and distributor of automobile parts, and so forth, if there is reason to believe they acted without a reasonable amount of care, leading to the death of the victim.

Cases involving government agencies and employees are a bit complicated as they are granted some immunity from wrongful death lawsuits. Entitlement for this immunity varies by state.

Los Angeles residents who believe a loved one or relative died as a result of another person’s or entity’s negligence should seek the help of a personal injury attorney, who can assess if their case has legal merits. The lawyer can then guide their clients on the best possible steps to take based on the assessment.


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