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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Washington DC?

A wrongful death lawsuit can be an extremely useful tool to help families and spouses pursue justice and compensation after someone they loved and relied on passes away. Unnecessary fatalities happen all too often, and when they do, it’s important to hold the liable party responsible for the damage they caused. Whether the death occurred because of a car crash, medical malpractice, or a serious premises liability accident, these types of incidents may require legal attention. Not only is a wrongful death lawsuit a powerful way to seek justice, it can also help families recover from the financial setbacks that come with the loss of a loved one on whom they relied and depended

Although monetary compensation cannot make up for the emotional loss, it can help eliminate the financial burdens and anxieties you’re dealing with. However, a wrongful death lawsuit cannot be filed by just anyone. In order to file a legitimate wrongful death lawsuit, you need to qualify as the personal representative of the deceased’s estate.   However, damages for wrongful death are awarded to the spouse and family members of the deceased, and not solely to the personal representative.

If you think you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit, make sure you fit the specific requirements.

In Washington DC, the following individuals may be entitled to recover damages from a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of  their loved one:

  • The spouse of the deceased
  • The deceased person’s children
  • Parents of the deceased
  • Grandparents of the deceased
  • Other family members of the deceased

In most cases the closest familial relations receive the damages obtained through a wrongful death action.  Generally, damages are awarded to close family members who relied on the deceased person for financial support.

About Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Wrongful death lawsuits often occur because of deadly car accidents, medical malpractice incidents, workplace accidents, dangerous or defective products, premises liability, and more. In any of these cases, the family members of the deceased could be eligible to receive compensation for funeral or memorial costs, future wage losses, loss of companionship and guidance, and punitive damages.

Let Our Firm Help You

Losing someone you love is never easy, but the loss can be especially difficult to deal with if it was caused by some act of negligence or carelessness. If you lost a spouse, parent, sibling, child, or another close relative due to some type of misconduct, our firm is prepared to help you seek justice and compensation.

Contact Simeone & Miller, LLP today to find out if you can file a wrongful death case.