What is a Wrongful Death?



A wrongful death is any death caused by the negligent, reckless or intentional acts of another person or entity.  Any claim for personal injuries can also evolve into a wrongful death claim if the injuries are so severe as to eventually result in death.  The most common wrongful death claims are the result of auto/trucking accidents, workplace accidents (usually construction sites) and medical negligence.  Examples of a wrongful death caused by an entity are deaths involving a governmental unit (a police shooting or an accident with a government owned vehicle, such as a Capitol Metro bus) or deaths involving a corporation, such as a claim against a drug manufacturer for a death caused by a prescription drug.  If your loved one's death was caused by someone else's acts, you may have a wrongful death claim.